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Smoking materials believed to have started Regency Park Apartments fire

The cause of the Regency Park Apartments fire that occurred Monday afternoon is believed to be discarded smoking materials, according to a press release from the Bemidji Fire Department.

The suspected cause was determined by the Bemidji Police Department, Bemidji Fire Department and Minnesota State Fire Marshal's Office.

Responding to the fire were the Bemidji, Bagley, Blackduck, Cass Lake and Solway fire departments, the Bemidji Police Department, Bemidji Police Citizens Patrol, Beltrami County Sheriff's Office, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Forestry and Enforcement divisions, Bemidji Ambulance, North Country First Responders, Minnesota State Patrol, bus service from the Bemidji School District, Beltrami County Mounted Posse, U.S. Border Patrol, North Star Chapter of the American Red Cross, North Country Amateur Radio Club and Beltrami County Sheriff's Office of Emergency Management.