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Winona firefighters stop blaze from spreading

September 13, 2013
Associated Press

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.


Information from: Winona Daily News,



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