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Forum News Service, Published September 30 2013

Fire damages bar and grill in Bemidji

BEMIDJI, Minn. — A bar and grill sustained more than $30,000 in damage from a kitchen fire reported Sunday morning.

The Bemidji Fire Department responded to the popular Cattails Bar & Grill just after 7:30 a.m. Employees detected a fire in a broiler, and when firefighters arrived, the fire was spreading to the roof.

Firefighters quickly contained and extinguished the fire, according to a press release from the department.

No injuries were reported.

The fire caused an estimated $32,500 in damage to structure and contents, officials said. The cause of the fire is under investigation, but does appear to be accidental and cooking-related. Cattails owner Gretchen Wagner confirmed in a prepared statement Monday morning that the fire was accidental and started around a broiler.

The business will be closed temporarily.