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2 businesses, apartments destroyed in Cook fire


COOK, Minn. (AP) -- Investigators say a fire that destroyed two businesses and eight apartments in the St. Louis County community of Cook appears to be accidental.

The St. Louis County sheriff's office and the state fire marshal's office conducted a joint investigation. While the exact cause of the fire is unknown, authorities say foul play is not suspected.

Authorities say the building that housed the Dollar Barn and Gilley's Naturals, as well as the apartments, is a total loss and will be torn down. WDIO-TV reports the American Red Cross is assisting those who lived in the apartments.

St. Louis County sheriff officials say five fire departments worked the blaze Monday night. Some firefighters were still on the scene early Tuesday morning.

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