Fire Crews Battling Flames at Bemidji Building

By KBJR News 1

Credit: Bemidji Pioneer Press

Fire Crews Battling Flames at Bemidji Building

November 22, 2012 Updated Nov 22, 2012 at 4:06 PM CDT

Bemidji, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Fire crews have contained about 50% of a fire at the Birchwood Color Center in Bemidji that started around 11am Thursday morning.

According to the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, authorities received a 911 call that smoke was pouring from the roof of the Birchwood Colo Center located on the 3400 block of Bemidji Avenue North.

When officers arrived on the scene, heavy smoke and flames were seen coming from the building.

At this time, fire crews have been able to contain about 50% of the fire.
Bemidji Ave N is shut down to through traffic from 29th Street NW to Inglewood Street NW until further notice to allow for fire trucks and heavy equipment.

The Bemidji Fire Department, the Bemidji Police Department, the Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, the Cass Lake Fire Department, the Blackduck Fire Department, the City of Bemidji Public Works, Beltrami Industrial, and Sparky's Construction are all on the scene assisting in fighting the flames and directing traffic.

The origin of the fire is not known at this time and the incident remains under investigation.

The new Code Red system was deployed to notify the residents in the immediate area of the fire and subsequent heavy smoke which is now dissipating. A shelter was made available but was not needed.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns

Picture courtesy of the Bemidji Pioneer Press