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Department responds to simultaneous fires

Bemidji firefighters were on the scene of a commercial fire northwest of the city when a call in came for a house fire on the southeast side of town.

The house fire on Kay Avenue Southeast was reported at about 3:30 p.m. Sunday, while 22 firefighters were still at the scene of the C.D. Haugen Trucking fire with three fire engines, three tankers and a ladder truck.

"We were just starting to release some of our units that were not longer needed (at the commercial fire)," said Fire Chief Dave Hoefer. "We didn't have any delay in response (to the house fire) as a result."

The Bemidji Fire Department is now a three-station department, thanks to the renovations completed at the Bemidji Regional Airport. The department now has stations at Bemidji Fire Hall, 318 5th St. NW, and two substations, located at 1912 5h St. SE, and at the airport, 3810 Moberg Drive NW.

"We now use a multi-station response for all structural fires," Hoefer said.

Equipment used in the response to the commercial fire came from all three stations; the equipment used for the house fire response came from the Fire Hall and Nymore substation.

"Typically, for a commercial fire, we use more equipment because of the potential (for larger fires)," Hoefer said.

Bemidji firefighters responded to the fire on the 500 block of Kay Avenue, finding smoke coming from the home. Nineteen firefighters used three fire engines, one tanker and one ladder truck on scene. They remained on scene about 90 minutes.

No one was injured.

They were able to contain the fire to the kitchen cabinets. Damage is estimated at $7,000, according to a Bemidji Fire Department press release.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but it appears to be accidental in nature.

Assisting at the scene was the Bemidji Police Department and Bemidji Ambulance Service.