Fire at Country Hearth Under Investigation

Fire at Country Hearth Under Investigation Click to Enlarge Photo: Doug Kiesling/Storm Chasing Video

UPDATE: 12:48 p.m. Saturday (KNSI) - The cause of a large fire at Country Hearth Sales Center downtown St. Cloud is under investigation.

According to a critical incident report from the St. Cloud Fire Department, all units responded to the fire at 536 East St. Germain Street at 7:40 p.m. Friday night. Investigators say the blaze broke out in a building in a garage area. A source at Country Hearth says the fire was at the truck shop, not inside the bakery.

The report says by the time firefighters arrived on scene, flames were already showing.

Fire officials say that the garage where the fire was and the vehicles inside sustained heavy damage, but there is no cost estimate, and they say no one was hurt.

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UPDATE: 11:00 P.M. (KNSI) – Authorities are investigating what caused a fire inside the garage at the Country Hearth Bread sales center in downtown St. Cloud.

Flames broke out at about 7:30 p.m. at the building on East St. Germain Street. The fire was out around 10:30 p.m.

St. Cloud Deputy Fire Chief Steve Wunderlich says the fire caused substantial damage to the building and vehicles stored inside.

He says fire crews mainly fought the fire from the outside of the building for fear the structure would collapse. At one point, firefighters knocked down a garage door to get inside.

No one was hurt, and the fire marshal has been called in to find the exact cause of the fire.

A damage estimate wasn’t available yet.

The Sauk Rapids Fire Department was called in to assist on the scene.

The fire didn’t disrupt production at the Country Hearth Bread Factory next door.

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Original Story:

(KNSI) - Fire crews are on the scene of a large fire at the Country Hearth Bread sales center and garage in downtown St. Cloud.

Flames broke out about 7:30 p.m. at the building on East St. Germain Street.

Sources on the scene tell KNSI that all units from the St. Cloud Fire Department and much of the Sauk Rapids Fire Department responded to the scene.

A front end loader was also witnessed breaking down doors so crews could get inside to fight the fire. Sources tell us that the building sustained heavy damage.

We are in contact with fire officials to get a damage estimate and to learn if there were any injuries.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

All photos © Doug Kiesling/Storm Chasing Video




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