Hibbing Fire Appears to be Arson

Fire Engulfs Old Mining Truck Shop

The Hibbing Fire Department responded at 8:29 p.m. Tuesday to the report of black smoke coming from an old mining building.

Fire crews arrived on scene to a large building that used to be an old mining truck repair shop at 700 E 7th Ave.

The property is currently used by Bougalis Construction for storage.

The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

Crews noted heavy smoke and flames showing from open garage doors in the building.

A defensive fire attack was started with crews staying on the outside spraying water in.

A loader was brought in to tear down some of the large overhead doors so fire crews could access the last of the fire.

It took the fire departments about three hours to put out the fire.

The building sustained fire, smoke, and water damage with current damage estimates not available at this time.

The fire is currently under investigation but appears to be arson.

The cooperative investigation is being done in conjunction with the Hibbing Fire Marshal, Hibbing Police Department, and the State Fire Investigator.

If you have any information which could assist in the investigation, please call the Arson hotline at 1-800-723-2020.

Rewards up to $5,000 for information leading to a successful conviction.

There were no reported injuries at this fire.

Chisholm Fire, Keewatin Fire, Cherry Fire, Hibbing Police Dept, Hibbing public utilities, and Hibbing Public works responded to assist on this call.

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