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Updated: Saginaw-area firefighters snuff fire at historic Cloquet River Inn

Rural fire departments have snuffed a blaze at the historic Cloquet River Inn near Saginaw today. "One of our tenants looked out and saw the back of the bar was on fire," said Mike Wherley, who said he has owned the bar for nearly 16 years. The G...

Rural fire departments have snuffed a blaze at the historic Cloquet River Inn near Saginaw today.

"One of our tenants looked out and saw the back of the bar was on fire," said Mike Wherley, who said he has owned the bar for nearly 16 years.

The Grand Lake Fire Department was on the scene within 10 minutes after the tenant called them, Wherley said.

Wherley said he was not sure of the extent of damage.

"The kitchen is totaled and the bar and the dining room have a lot of smoke damage," Wherley said, adding that he plans to reopen.

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No one was injured in the incident. Two dogs at the inn were outside at the time of the fire.

Grand Lake Fire Chief Dave Fremling said the fire was knocked down within 30 minutes.

"When we arrived on scene, the back of the building and the kitchen were on fire," he said.

Smoke and heat damaged the whole structure, Fremling said, but it is salvageable. He was not sure of the fire's cause, but an investigation would be conducted.

Fremling said the efforts of the 27 firefighters from six area departments responded was "fantastic."

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