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Fire causes damage at Anderson Furniture

An apparent electrical fire burned the facade of Anderson Furniture Co. in the West End/Lincoln Park neighborhood Monday night and sent smoke into a showroom.

An apparent electrical fire burned the facade of Anderson Furniture Co. in the West End/Lincoln Park neighborhood Monday night and sent smoke into a showroom.

Ricky Fontaine and Ashley Johnson were entering a tattoo shop on West Superior Street at about 7:20 p.m. when Johnson noticed a burning smell. The two looked around and saw flames shooting from behind the lighted sign on the front of Anderson Furniture, 2032 W. Superior St.

Fontaine called 911, and firefighters arrived within three minutes, he said.

"It was getting bigger," he said. "I was happy to help someone with their business."

The fire had been reported inside the building, said Mitch Peterson, a Duluth assistant fire chief.

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"We responded with seven trucks" from three stations, he said.

But the fire was found behind the Anderson sign, most likely caused by an electrical fault, on the fa?ade of the building, Peterson said. It took about 11 minutes from the time the call came to extinguish the blaze, but smoke seeped inside the front showroom where furniture is on display. About $20,000 in damage to the building was estimated, not including smoke damage to furniture. The total value of the furniture store and its contents is about $2.75 million, Peterson said.

"It was a big save," he said. "You don't like to hear a report of a fire in a furniture store."

Smoke was cleared from the building and firefighters were able to leave the scene within an hour.

Tina Holman watched firefighters work from the sidewalk across the street as the "A" was torn off the building.

"I was driving by and saw the smoke," she said. "I thought, 'Hey, the "A" is on fire.' "

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