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Main St. buildings destroyed in Durand fire

DURAND - Three buildings were destroyed in an overnight fire in Durand.

The fire reportedly began in the Main Street Cafe and Grill at 11 p.m. Sunday and spread via the roof to Cottage Hill Floral and Frame and to Toni's Interiors building, which completely burned to the ground. The Hair Hut only received smoke damage, as a fire wall was between them and the restaurant.

The main building for Toni's Interiors was across the street. The building that burned was only used for storage and had been for sale for a couple of years. The old, historic Pepin County Courthouse is just in back of the damaged buildings.

Multiple area units assisted Durand Fire, including Plum City, Elmwood, Lund, Nelson, Rock Creek, Menomonie and Mondovi. Plum City Fire Chief Jamey King said PC was at the scene from 11 p.m. Sunday through 9 a.m. Monday. He called it one of the biggest fires that Plum City Fire has ever worked on in his seven years with the department.

"It just happened so fast," he said.

King said the fire was contained between 4:30-5 a.m. Monday and that crews spent the rest of Monday removing debris as Main St. was blocked off to local traffic.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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