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Forum staff reports, Published August 14 2010

Vergas restaurant likely a 'total loss' after early morning fire

VERGAS, Minn. - A fire at Spanky’s Stone Hearth and Hilltop Lounge north of Vergas about 1:15 this morning caused extensive damage and the restaurant will likely be a “total loss,” the restaurant’s owner said.

Josh Hanson, who has owned the restaurant on Rose Lake since 2005, was at the restaurant when the fire started. He said the kitchen was in flames by the time the fire department arrived.

Hanson said he is waiting to hear back from the state fire marshal and his insurance company regarding the extent of the damage, as well as the cause of the fire, but the restaurant will be closed indefinitely.

“We want to say thank you to our patrons,” he said. “We will resurface. We’re just not sure when and where and how right now.”