DULUTH, Minn. (WCCO) — Fire crews knocked down a large fire in Duluth amid extreme cold temperatures Monday morning.
Shortly before 8 a.m., Duluth fire officials reported the fire at the Esmond Building. Shortly before 10 a.m., most of the roof had collapsed.
Crews battled the flames amid the frigid cold for roughly seven hours before the main fire was put out.
Firefighters are still on the scene, putting out hotspots. Meanwhile, utility crews are checking the power lines behind the building.
Tenants who live in the area were evacuated, including in the Curly’s building and the area of the alley between West Superior Street and West First Street.
This is the third time the building has caught on fire in the last month. According to the Duluth fire officials, the building is condemned and slated to be torn down soon.