Friday morning fire damages Gitchee Gumee Tattoo
The fire, smoke and heat caused an estimated $10,000 in damages to the building, plus $75,000 to interior contents. No one was injured.
DULUTH — An early Friday morning fire damaged a commercial building on West Central Entrance occupied by Gitchee Gumee Tattoo, the Duluth Fire Department announced in a news release.
The fire was called in at 2:26 a.m. by a passerby who noticed the fire breaking through the front window of the building at 33 W. Central Entrance. The building was unoccupied at the time and no injuries were reported.
Firefighters were on the scene for about two hours, according to the release, and first fought the fire through the broken window before entering the building.
“The fire was knocked down quickly by Duluth firefighters, but burned unnoticed inside the building for some time, causing both heat and smoke damage,” DFD Assistant Chief Dennis Edwards said in the release.
Damage to the structure is estimated to be $10,000, but the smoke and heat caused an estimated $75,000 in damages to the building’s interior contents, including some rare art and taxidermy items. Gitchee Gumee Tattoo announced on social media that the shop is temporarily closed because of the fire.
The cause of the fire is under investigation by Duluth Fire Department’s fire marshal.