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Beltrami Mall fire ruled accidental

The fire that heavily damaged the Beltrami (Minn.) Mall and West Central Ag building was ruled accidental Friday afternoon by the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.

The fire was reported at 1 a.m. Friday. Several surrounding fire departments responded to Beltrami, which is about 18 miles south of Crookston.

The building is private property and legal action may be taken against trespassers, the sheriff’s office noted in a press release. 

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