Update: Fire at Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes contained

UPDATE: A fire that broke out at Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes this afternoon has been contained.

The Detroit Lakes Fire Department says the fire started at around 3:00 Friday afternoon in an apartment above Mattson’s Barber Shop.

Detroit Lakes, Perham, Frazee, Audubon, Vergas and Callaway firefighters were able to contain the fire to the apartment around 5:30 p.m.

Chief Ryan Swanson says two thirds of the apartment building’s roof is missing and between the smoke, fire and water damage the building is considered a total loss.

“Our main concern is we don’t have any hotspots. We don’t want a flare up at 3:00 in the morning and then we lose half of the city block. We’re taking our time and we’re going to make sure that all the hotspots are put out so that the fire extension is done and we don’t have a rekindle,” Swanson said.

Swanson says businesses downstairs got two to three inches of water and smoke damage.

No injuries have been reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.


DETROIT LAKES, Minn. (KVRR) – A fire at the Washington Square Mall has been contained.

The call came in around 3:00 Friday evening. Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Ryan Swanson says crews found smoke coming through a ventilation system and the ceiling. They later found a fire in the apartments upstairs. No one was there at the time.

Firefighters attacked the flames from inside the building and it was put out around 5:30.

No injuries have been reported.

Washington Avenue from Front to Homes Streets were closed as crews battled the blaze.

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