Large fire burns in downtown Virginia

No injuries have been reported.

Several fire departments respond to a fire Friday, July 9, 2021, in downtown Virginia. (Photo courtesy of Friends of the Northland FireWire)

Several fire departments responded to a major fire Friday morning in downtown Virginia.

Shortly before 11 a.m. crews received a report of a fire in the upper floor of a building on the 300 block of Chestnut Street, according to a Friends of the Northland FireWire Facebook post shared by the Virginia Fire Department.

The building is between Pep's Bake Shop and Rocks The Jewelers. Firefighters attempted to attack the fire from the interior, but left the building because of safety concerns, the post said.

No injuries have been reported. Three people have been displaced and are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross, according to the post.

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Virginia Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating the cause of the fire.


Fire departments on the scene included Virginia, Mountain Iron, Eveleth, Gilbert, Hibbing, Fayal Township, Biwabik, Biwabik Township and Pike-Sandy-Britt.

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