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Fire crews respond to I-35 encampment fire

Witnesses warned fire officials of people camping underneath I-35 where the fire began.

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DULUTH — A fire broke out at an encampment under Interstate 35 on Wednesday, destroying a mattress, several pallets and personal items.

According to a news release, the Duluth Fire Department responded to a call around 1 p.m. about "heavy flames and smoke" coming from the same area where other fires have been reported, under the interstate near the Mesaba Avenue and Superior Street exit.

Crews put out the fire quickly. Officials said traffic was not affected during the fire.

No one was found in the area of the fire. Witnesses told fire officials that people were camping where the fire began, the release said. The fire department said those in need of shelter should use the services at CHUM, located at 120 N. First Ave. W.

The fire is under investigation by the Duluth Fire Marshal’s Office.

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Firefighters responded to another fire in a homeless encampment under I-35 in October. No one was located at the scene and no injuries were reported.

Crews worked to contain the fire under the exit ramp.

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