Fire at Mankato automotive shop ruled accidental

Fire breaks out at Mankato auto business

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — A fire at a Mankato automotive shop has been ruled accidental.

Crews responded to a fire that destroyed a building at a Mankato auto business Monday.

Crews arrived on the scene shortly after 1 p.m. at Dean’s Northtown Auto at 1513. N. Riverfront Drive in Mankato.

Much of the building collapsed as crews worked to battle the blaze behind Northtown Auto’s main building.

Employees were able to get out of the building after a gas tank caught fire and explosions could be heard coming from the building.

“When we arrived we did find a heavy amount of fo fire that was coming through the building,” said Associate Director of Public Safety Jeff Bengston. “We’ve been attacking it for the last couple of hours. The building will be a total loss.”

Mankato Department of Public Safety said no one was injured in the blaze. Damages are estimated at $350,000.

Officials say that this fire is unique due to the fact that it climbed up into the walls and ceiling before making its way to the roof, forcing firefighters to peel back the roof.

Officials say the fire started in the southwest corner of the garage.

The North Mankato Fire Department was also called in to assist.

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