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Associated Press, Published September 02 2013

Contractor stops spread of Minnesota motel fire

COOK, Minn. – Firefighters and a local contractor in Cook tore down part of a motel to stop the spread of a major fire in a town that’s seen more than its share lately.

KGM Contractors sent in a crew early Sunday to level part of the Vermilion Motel as its south end was engulfed in flames. A St. Louis County sheriff’s sergeant said it likely stopped the fire from spreading to an attached convenience store, gas stations and apartments.

Motel manager Joan Hahn said all 17 rooms were occupied at the time of the fire but everyone got out safely. The cause of the fire is under investigation.