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Another shot of the downtown fire on Aug. 13, 1914, shows smoke billowing out of George Peoples Confectionery and J.S. Nunn's furniture and undertaking building. Twenty-six buildings were damaged in the fire. Photo courtesy of the Becker County Historical Society

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The Detroit Lakes Fire Department, and many times the surrounding towns' departments, were kept quite busy years ago.

Not that the current day Detroit Lakes Volunteer Fire Department isn't busy enough, but years ago, the crew fought horrific fire after block-burning fire.


According to Becker County Historical Society Executive Director Amy Degerstrom, one major example is the area that now houses the Graystone complex, which has burned multiple times over the years.

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