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Business owners assess losses in Winona fire

WINONA, Minn. (AP) — The owners of buildings and businesses damaged in last week's fire in downtown Winona are inventorying their losses.

Three buildings were a total loss in Friday's blaze that burned several businesses, apartments and a mosque in an older part of the downtown area.

Torry Moore owns a sporting goods store called Sole Sport.

"Since our building is pretty much gone, I don't think we're going to be able to get back in there," Moore told Minnesota Public Radio. "To keep the business going we're going to have to find another location in the area to get in to and figure out what inventory was lost, which I guess is probably most of it."

Amy Jo Marks owns a clothing store, Pretty Things on Third. The store's contents are covered in soot, Marks said.

"We just got all our fall inventory in, so the store's loaded and it's unfortunate because it's a lot of nice, high end stuff that's just isn't going to be usable to us anyway," she said.

Investigators continue to look for the cause of the fire, which they believe started in the Islamic Center of Winona. Rubble from the mosque has been carted to the city's central fire station where investigators are combing through the debris.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.