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Published January 03, 2014, 09:39 AM

Fire destroys Gonvick, Minn., grocery store

The Minnesota state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of a fire early Thursday that destroyed the only grocery store in Gonvick, Minn.

By: Herald Staff Reports, Grand Forks Herald

The Minnesota state fire marshal’s office is investigating the cause of a fire early Thursday that destroyed the only grocery store in Gonvick, Minn.

Firefighters battled 30-below temperatures and a dwindling water supply in an unsuccessful attempt to save Vandy’s Country Market, Gonvick’s only grocery store, located on Main Street after the alarm sounded at about 3:40 a.m. Thursday, according to the Clearwater County Sheriff’s Department.

Water had to be hauled from Clearbrook, Minn., about 5 miles away, because of a low water level in Gonvick’s water tower. However, the city’s drinking water was not affected, according to a spokeswoman in the city clerk’s office.

Firefighters from Gonvick, Clearbrook and Bagley, Minn., battled the fire throughout the day. It still was smoldering Thursday night.

Gonvick, a community of about 280, is about 90 miles east of Grand Forks.

We have a reporter on scene and will have more updates as they become available.

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