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Published July 03, 2011, 05:59 PM

Fire Causes Estimated $1.5 Million Worth of Damage at Ralph Engelstad Arena

A fire at the Ralph Engelstad Arena caused $1 million to $1.5 million worth of damage Sunday afternoon, according to the Grand Forks Fire Department.

By: WDAZ Staff Report,

A fire at the Ralph Engelstad Arena caused $1 million to $1.5 million worth of damage Sunday afternoon, according to the Grand Forks Fire Department.

The fire caused damage to the REA sound system, building and ice.

Firefighters believe a speaker somehow caught fire and fell to the ice.

The Grand Forks Fire Department responded shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday as smoke could be seen and fire alarms were activated.

UND police were first on the scene and discovered burning material on the upper catwalk.

All Grand Forks firefighters on duty, 14, responded to the call.

"It took probably three to four minutes by the time we got here to get hosed up to the catwalk from the stairwells," Grand Forks Fire Department Captain Bruce Weymier said.

UND police, Altru, and the Grand Forks Fire Department responded.

The ND State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.

A WDAZ crew at the scene was not allowed inside the arena.

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