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Vacant building consumed by fire near Piedmont Avenue

Firefighters were dispatched to battle a blaze at the same address June 18.

A house engulfed in flames
A home burns in Duluth's Lincoln Park neighborhood Tuesday.
Contributed / Dennis Edwards, Duluth Fire Department
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DULUTH — An abandoned building near Piedmont Avenue was destroyed by fire Tuesday with flames that could be seen from Superior.

Duluth Fire Captain Rob Mesedahl, left, and firefighter Nick Ellingson aim a hose from the bucket on Tower No.1
Duluth Fire Captain Rob Mesedahl, left, and firefighter Nick Ellingson aim a hose from the bucket on Tower No.1 as fire crews work the scene.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

Duluth Assistant Fire Chief Denny Edwards said the abandoned building was engulfed by flames before crews even arrived on the scene.

“This was an example of a house that was absolutely fully involved when we got here with no survivable spaces,” Edwards said of the decision not to send firefighters into the house. Crews instead put water on from above and outside the structure.

The building, at 111 Park Ave., was damaged during a fire on June 18. In that fire, another building nearby, 116 Fir Ave., was destroyed. No one has been charged related to that fire.

Duluth firefighters shoot water from the bucket on Tower No.1
Duluth firefighters shoot water from the bucket on Tower No.1 while crews work the scene of a fire at West First Street and Piedmont Avenue.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

No injuries were reported in Tuesday's fire, but crews were not able to go inside the structure and search as of early Tuesday evening.

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Edwards said the fire was “obviously suspicious” and the Duluth fire marshal was investigating the blaze less than two hours after firefighters arrived on the scene.

Duluth Fire Captain Rob Mesedahl pulls a hose through overgrown brush and down an old stone wall
Duluth Fire Captain Rob Mesedahl pulls a hose through overgrown brush and down an old stone wall to hook it up to a water source.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
A fire can be seen from the Blatnik Bridge burning in Duluth at West 1st Street and Piedmont Avenue
A fire can be seen from the Blatnik Bridge burning in Duluth.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Duluth Fire Captain Rob Mesedahl, left, and firefighter Nick Ellingson shoot water onto a fire at West 1st Street and Piedmont Avenue
Duluth Fire Captain Rob Mesedahl, left, and firefighter Nick Ellingson shoot water onto a fire at West First Street and Piedmont Avenue as smoke creeps up through the trees.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
Duluth Fire Department crews work to extinguish a fire at West 1st Street and Piedmont Avenue
Duluth Fire Department crews work to extinguish a fire in Duluth on Tuesday.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
The two boarded-up buildings were difficult for firefighters to access.

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