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Fire breaks out in downtown Goodhue


GOODHUE, Minn. (KTTC) -- A fire breaks out inside a downtown Goodhue restaurant. The residents in the upstairs apartments may be temporarily displaced, but fortunately, no injuries were reported.

Just one block away from the Goodhue Fire Department, a fire broke out at Doc Sawyers Restaurant at 207 2nd Street just around 4 p.m.

"We didn't find any flame until we got inside the Sawyer inn," said Goodhue Fire Chief Mike Kehren. 

Not taking any chances Zumbrota Fire Department was requested for assistance.

Jaimee Hiltbrand was in Apartment #2 above the restaurant at the time.  "The smoke just started filling up in the apartment," she said.  "And we checked everywhere to see what it was and where it was coming from."

Hiltbrand and her husband grabbed their dogs and got out as quick as they could.  "I couldn't even see the light to get out the front door. But we got out. And we could see the firemen across the street so we said 'hey! There's a fire over here!" And they all came running," she said.

Crews began a search and rescue.

"They (firemen) started banging on the doors and yelling up the stairs 'there's a fire. There's a fire. Everybody get out!' When we came around the back we found that everyone else was out here already and that they were okay," said Hiltbrand.

The fire crews were able to isolate the fire to just the one building even though the neighboring business share the same walls.  "You see we have a fan going in the laundromat," said Kehren.  "There's smoke there. Goodhue Insurance and Benda Electric. there's smoke there as well."

Initially Chief Kehren says no one was injured including the fire crews.

The owner of the building, Lia Ryan, says she wasn't worried about anything else except that everyone had gotten out safely.

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