Vehicle in Building Possible Cause of Ottertail Fire

Vehicle in Building Possible Cause of Ottertail Fire Click to Enlarge

OTTERTAIL, MN--Fire has destroyed a business and damaged another in Ottertail. The blaze was reported around 8:30 last night at Periwinkle Marketplace on Highway 78. Fire Chief Stuart Fleischauer says the building housing Periwinkle was totally engulfed when crews arrived and the fire was encroaching on the liquor store next door. He said the focus turned to saving the Ottertail Liquor Store. Periwinkles was destroyed, firefighters saved the liquor store.

Fire departments from Battle Lake, Henning and Perham provided mutual aid.

The cause of the fire is believed to be a pickup that employees were working on in the business catching fire. The fire got away on them and the employees weren't able to extinguish it. No one was injured. The State Fire Marshal’s Office will be asked to investigate.

Periwinkle is a clothing, furniture, and home décor store.

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