UPDATE: Winona Fire Chief Says 3 Buildings Total Loss

Posted at: 09/13/2013 8:37 AM
Updated at: 09/13/2013 11:53 AM

WINONA, Minn. (AP) - Winona Fire Chief Curt Bittle says three buildings are a total loss in a blaze that damaged several structures on a block of downtown Winona.           

Bittle tells reporters the fire apparently began in the Winona Islamic Center. He says it appears the fire burned for some time before it was reported around 2 a.m. Friday. He says the cause has not been determined. The state fire marshal will investigate.           

The fire was contained around mid-morning. Crews then knocked down some storefronts so they could extinguish the debris.           

The three buildings that were destroyed include the one that housed the Islamic Center, and another that the Brosnahan Law Firm.           

The fire also displaced more than a dozen residents of upstairs apartments, but there were no injuries.



WINONA, Minn. (AP) - Firefighters appear to have the upper hand as a large blaze burns in downtown Winona.
Fire crews have largely stopped the spread of the fire that began about 2 a.m. Friday and has burned several buildings.
Winona Fire Chief Curt Bittle says the fire may have started in the Islamic Center, but added the ignition point and source have yet to be determined.
Police say residents of apartments on the upper floors of some downtown buildings were safely evacuated. The Winona Daily News says there are no reports of injuries.
Buildings that house Brosnahan Law Firm, Sole Sport and Integrative Health are among those heavily damaged by fire.
The Red Cross is assisting those who fled from their apartments.

*ABC 6 News is on the scene. Stay with us throughout the day for updates*

Photo By: Hanns Dammerman

Information from: Winona Daily News, http://www.winonadailynews.com

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