Fire Destroys A Warehouse At Grand Cansino Hinckley

Monday, January 2nd, 2012 at 8:52 am

A fire destroyed a pole barn near Hinckley’s Grand Casino Sunday evening.

According to authorities, the fire started around 7:30pm in a 100-foot by 300-foot warehouse on the casino’s property.

Casino spokesperson Sara Barten told WCCO that the warehouse was used as a maintenance and storage facility. The building also contained combustible materials, like gasoline.

By 8pm fire engulfed 50 percent of the warehouse.

Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole told WCCO the building didn’t stand a chance.

“The fire really went through the building quick,” he said. “There wasn’t really a chance to save the building. The first units on scene did what they could, but with wind conditions the way they are, once it vented a little bit, it just blew right through.”

Firefighters said the building is a total loss. The fire is under investigation.

Crews from Hinckley, Sandstone and Pine City responded to the scene.

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