Hibbing, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- A handful of residents affected by Thursday's fire in Hibbing that burned through several apartments and a bar along Howard Street might be able to move back into their homes this weekend.
According to the Hibbing Fire Department, there were about four apartment units that sustained very minimal damage and their owners might be able to move back in as early as this weekend.
Below the apartments, Sportsman's Restaurant and Taverna also sustained damage due to Thursday's fire, however only the bar portion of the building sustained water damage. The owner of Sportsman's says he will hopefully be able to reopen the restaurant portion, which was mostly untouched, within a few days.
Fire officials say that the fire most likely started in an apartment above the bar, however they have not been able to determine the cause as of yet. Fire officials do not believe the fire is suspicious in origin.
11 people were affected by Thursday's fire. The Red Cross is currently providing temporary shelter at an area hotel for those affected.
Two people were treated and released at an area hospital for smoke inhalation following Thursday's fire.
A fund has been set up at the Hibbing Wells Fargo for the residents who were impacted by the fire. You can donate money to the "Sportsman's Apartment Tenant Fund" at any Wells Fargo bank in the Northland.
Posted to the web by Krista Burns