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Nunn's Furniture and undertaking goes up in smoke during the largest downtown fire in Detroit Lakes History. The fire, which burned for just over two hours, leveled or damaged 26 businesses in 20 buildings in the downtown area. No lives were lost in the fire, though. Aug. 13 was the 100 year anniversary of the tragedy. Photo courtesy of The Becker County Historical Society

100 years ago: Inferno in DL

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One hundred years ago on Aug. 13, 1914, at 12:07 p.m., the face of downtown Detroit Lakes changed dramatically.

With just the right winds and wooden buildings lining the streets, in about two hours, 26 businesses in 20 buildings were lost or damaged in a massive fire.          

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The fire started in Rahm’s Livery, which is where the post office now sits. Though they were never sure how the fire started, speculation was a lantern.

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