A Tuesday night fire that caused heavy fire and smoke damage to a building at Wold’s RV Sales on Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, is under investigation for possible arson.
Detroit Lakes Fire Chief Ryan Swanson said Wednesday morning that his office is being assisted in the investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Detroit Lakes Police Department. He said he couldn’t comment further as to the reasons that arson is suspected.
Nobody was hurt in the fire. It was reported by a motorist passing by on Highway 10, who saw flames coming out several windows on the east side of the metal building, which is divided by a block wall. The blaze was contained to the parts and showroom area, but the entire building had heavy smoke damage, Swanson said.
None of the recreational vehicles or other outdoor inventory parked at the site were damaged, he added.
Firefighters from Detroit Lakes, Audubon and Frazee, as well as Detroit Lakes police officers, Becker County deputies and medical staff with St. Mary's EMS were among those who responded to the fire shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday.
Flames could be seen coming out windows on the east side of the building, and acrid smoke wafted out of the building to the west as emergency workers fought the blaze. The fire was reported under control about an hour later, at 10:47 p.m.