MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire at a Minneapolis lumber yard. The three-alarm blaze destroyed a building at Shaw Stewart Lumber on Johnson Street Northeast.

No one was at the business and the property was locked up when the fire started just after 11:00 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters were called after a passerby reported seeing smoke in the area.

They arrived just before the flames started shooting from the building.

“A lot of smoke and by the time we got the gate open, a lot of fire was pouring of it,” said battalion chief Steven Dziedzic. “At that point, we tried to cut off the fire from the other buildings there.

More than 30 firefighters were called to help put out the flames. A one-story warehouse was destroyed.

Crews remained on the scene for several hours checking for hot spots.

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