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Two displaced in Spirit Valley duplex fire

Tenant was attempting to extinguish a rapidly moving blaze when Duluth firefighters arrived.

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A Christmas Eve fire displaced two residents from this West Duluth duplex. (Steve Kuchera / skuchera@duluthnews.com)
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Two residents were displaced following a fire in a duplex Thursday afternoon in western Duluth's Spirit Valley neighborhood.

The fire closed traffic around the perimeter of the duplex at 613 N. 59th Ave. W., where firefighters found a tenant trying to extinguish what was a rapidly moving fire in the wall.

The resident was evacuated as crews pulled the wall and ceiling to extinguish the fire, a city of Duluth news release said.

A crew from the Spirit Valley station was first on the scene, stopping a fire as it was igniting insulation in the attic, the news release said.

The fire was ruled accidental and electrical in nature.

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Initial damage estimates were $20,000 for the duplex and $10,000 for contents. Fire crews had covered furniture and other valuables in an effort to preserve contents. Power was cut to the duplex.

Fire crews from Gary, Lincoln Park and headquarters in downtown Duluth also responded to the fire, which was reported at 5:47 p.m. Thursday.

The residents are expected to be displaced and staying with friends until damage is repaired, the city told the News Tribune.

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