Update: Fire at Virginia Police Department, No Injuries Reported
Virginia's city hall also suffered heavy smoke damage, but the fire door acted like it was designed to and likely protected city hall.
VIRGINIA, Minn.-A fire broke out at the Virginia Police Department just before noon Friday.
Officials say firefighters found a police vehicle fully engulfed in flames and spreading to another police vehicle at 11:20 a.m.
The police department and attached city hall building were evacuated. No injuries were reported.
The two police vehicles are a total loss and all three floors of city hall had varying amounts of smoke damage. A damage assessment is underway by city officials and the cause is under investigation by the Virginia Fire Marshal and Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office.
According to Mayor Larry Cuffe, one of the squad cars was only a year old that had expensive equipment inside.
“It got all the bells and whistles that you need, the safety equipment that’s necessary, all the data processing things, and so you’re looking at a replacement cost of about 75 to 80 thousand dollars,” said Mayor Cuffe.
Mayor Cuffe also tells FOX 21 the garage will likely have to be replaced.
Virginia’s city hall also suffered heavy smoke damage, but the fire door acted like it was designed to and likely protected city hall.
“The heat was really intense in that garage and it was confined to that it did get into the ventilation system which goes into all of city hall so there is some significant smoke damage in all of city hall, the police department was damaged,” said Mayor Cuffe.
Authorities say City Hall is closed at this time while damages are being assessed.
The state fire marshal will be conducting their own investigation into the incident.