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UPDATE: No injuries in Blooming Prairie bakery fire, cause unknown

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Photo of fire at bakery building
Bakery fire
Fire in Blooming Prairie

BLOOMING PRAIRIE, Minn. (KTTC) -- A fire broke out Tuesday morning at a bakery in Blooming Prairie.

Police said the blaze started around 6:10 a.m. at a business called "The Bakery" at 345 Main Street East. They said an employee saw smoke coming from the basement.

The Bakery is in a historic building that used to be home to First National Bank. It is more than 100 years old.

Police said no one was injured in the fire. However, the building had two apartments. One was rented by a couple. A GoFundMe campaign was started to help them.

The Hayfield Fire Department, Blooming Prairie Fire Department and Ellendale Fire Department, along with other surrounding city emergency respondents were at the scene.

The scene cleared around 6 p.m.

The current owners have reportedly owned the bakery for more than 20 years.

"I'm just feeling very devastated to see this terrible fire in our town," said Blooming Prairie resident Doris Rasmussen. "This bakery means a lot to everybody in Blooming Prairie."

Former mayor H. Peterson said the business was a popular hangout place, and that he will miss going there to get his favorite treat.

"Golly! They made a long john, that had cream cheese and raspberry jam, it was unbelievable," Peterson said.

A neighbor who lives across the street said she woke up to firefighters battling the flames, and was shocked at what happened. She said her children loved going to the bakery.

"My daughter whenever she gets any type of change that's where she is, she's either at the bakery or across the street," said Priscila Garcia-Chavez.

“This building is an icon. It’s truly a tragedy. We are all pulling for [the bakery owner] Greg, we are here for him. We are a city full of love," said Blooming Prairie Police Chief Greg Skillestad.

Authorities say the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

KTTC

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