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Alexandria area fire claims tractors, collectible cars, ATVS, fish houses

BELLE RIVER, Minn. - A fire here this week destroyed potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of recreational vehicles and other equipment when flames gutted a 40-by-100-foot detached metal shed.

BELLE RIVER, Minn. - A fire here this week destroyed potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of recreational vehicles and other equipment when flames gutted a 40-by-100-foot detached metal shed.

Firefighters from nearby Carlos and Miltona responded to the large structure fire at 12:14 p.m. Tuesday, Douglas County Sheriff's Department officials say.

Firefighters arrived to find the building engulfed in flames. Thick, black smoke from the blaze could be seen from miles away.

The building - owned by Brian Gustafson - housed tractors, collectible cars, at least three all-terrain vehicles, portable fish houses, a pontoon, a couple of boats, collectible tractors and more.

A sheriff's deputy at the scene estimated the loss at several hundred thousand dollars. The building and everything in it was destroyed, but no one was injured in the fire.

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The cause of the fire is not known at this time.

The Alexandria (Minn.) Echo Press and the Herald are owned by Forum Communications Co.

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