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Fire severely damages Morgan Park duplex

A late Saturday night fire severely damaged a two-story duplex in Morgan Park, displacing seven adults and four children.

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DULUTH — Seven adults and four children are displaced after a fire severely damaged a duplex in the Morgan Park neighborhood in the late hours Saturday. Firefighters responded to a structure fire in the 1000 block of 85th Avenue West at 11:52 p.m. Saturday, according to a news release from the Duluth Fire Department.

Upon arrival, firefighters reported heavy smoke and fire coming from three windows from the second floor of the two-story duplex. Duluth police officers evacuated residents from the first floor and confirmed residents from the second floor had evacuated. A search turned up no other occupants in the second story, but one dog was rescued from the first floor. No injuries were reported from the fire.

Crews were on scene for about 2-1/2 hours fighting the flames. The initial damage estimates for the fire are $80,000 to the structure and $20,000 for the contents. The seven adults and four children who were displaced are being assisted by the Red Cross. There is a GoFundMe set up for the Quick Family, one of the families affected.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Duluth Fire Marshals office.

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