HIBBING, Minn. -

Flames ripped through the roof of the Brickyard Sports Bar and Grill in Hibbing and destroyed the popular establishment.

Crews battled the blaze for most of the day and one firefighter was injured.

The Hibbing Fire Department received the report of a fire at the Brickyard at 5 a.m. August 29th.

Officials have reported the damage to be at $1 million. The building is structurally unsafe.

"It's sad. It just makes me sad," said Hibbing resident Debbie Nerby.

The Brickyard was known for good food and a good atmosphere.

"Once the fire went through the roof, within the first five to seven minutes, the fire was declared defensive and any attempt to enter the structure was futile," said Hibbing Fire Chief Erik Jankila.

Crews contained the fire to the Brickyard and kept it from spreading to adjacent buildings.

"The teamwork and training we do regionally is proving to pay off," said Jankila.

Seven departments worked hours on end to keep the fire under control.

"We had a lot of resources that came early and came quick. We were able to put a lot of water and a lot of manpower on it in a reasonable amount of time," said Jankila.

Neighbors watched the cleanup of the Brickyard and remembered a better time when people gathered here for joyous reasons.

"This was the place," said Nerby.

Two residents of an adjacent building were displaced and are being assisted by the Red Cross.

A GoFundMe account has also been put in place to help the Brickyard rebuild.

https://www.gofundme.com/2m76x8ys