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Fire damages building in downtown Duluth

An early Wednesday morning fire in the former Gold Cross Ambulance garage at 211 E. Second St. in Duluth caused estimated $150,000 in damage.

The fire, reported at 4:27 a.m., was confined to the Johnson's Auto Repair portion of a building that also houses the Red Lake Band of Chippewa outreach facility. It was also once the home of the Dubrue microbrewery.

There was smoke and water damage in the parts of the building outside of the repair shop. Crews were on the scene until mid-morning.

Eight firetrucks and 30 firefighters eventually were called to the scene, according to a news release from the Duluth Fire Department. The department was assisted by the Minnesota Air National Guard firefighting unit from Duluth International Airport, as well as by the Duluth Police and U.S. Border Patrol officers. One firefighter suffered a minor shoulder injury.

The Duluth Fire Marshal's Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

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