Watch: Flames engulf an Otter Tail business
OTTERTAIL, Minn. – A fire destroyed the Periwinkle Marketplace here, and there was water damage to the attached Ottertail Liquors store Wednesday night, Feb. 21.
A call from a passer-by came in about 8:11 p.m., sending fire crews to the building at 328 Highway 78 that holds both businesses, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.
It took firefighters from Ottertail, Perham, Dent, Battle Lake, Henning, Bluffton, Vergas and New York Mills more than four hours to extinguish the blaze at the clothing, jewelry, furniture and home decor store, Ottertail Fire Chief Stuart Fleischauer said.
There were no injuries, but Periwinkle was a total loss, authorities said. Fleischauer said water damage to the liquor store was relatively light.
The fire is believed to have started while someone was using a cutting torch on a vehicle in a garage area of the building, Fleischauer said.
The fire was difficult to fight, the chief said, because of the building’s design. “There’s just a lot of additions on the building. So it was hard because of that. There’s a lot of structures within one structure,” Fleischauer said.
The state fire marshal is investigating the blaze.