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Erik Burgess, Published December 10 2013

VIDEO: Blaze breaks out at Moorhead commercial building

MOORHEAD – Investigators are determining the cause of a smoky blaze at a north Moorhead commercial building on Tuesday afternoon.

After fire alarms sounded, firefighters arrived at the former Akin’s Electric building, 320 Highway 75 N., just after noon and saw heavy black smoke billowing from the north side of the building, said Assistant Chief Greg Doeden.

Crews had to cut a triangular hole in a garage door to gain access, and had the fire knocked down by 1 p.m., Doeden said. Crews spent the afternoon putting out hot spots.

Doeden said three businesses operate out of the building, but the building owner told them that no one was inside when the fire started.

He said fire damage was contained to the building’s north side, although Med-Plus Health Care on the south side of the building sustained heavy smoke damage.

“It was a small engine shop on this (north) end, so obviously you had a lot of combustibles: oil and gas and whatnot,” Doeden said. “But once again, we haven’t started our investigation on whether that played into the cause or not.”

Readers can reach Forum reporter Erik Burgess at (701) 241-5518