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Knapp fire causes at least $300,000 in damage

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Dunn County (WQOW) -Damage from a fire Tuesday night in Knapp is adding up.

Menomonie firefighters say the fire caused at least $300,000 dollars in damage.  The fire destroyed the Pit Stop Tire and Auto Center along Highway 12.  The fire department says sparks from a grinder being used by a worker ignited something combustible.  The fire then spread to some containers of gasoline.

It took more than five hours to put out the fire because of the large amount of petroleum products and tires in the building.  Highway 12 was closed in both directions until two o'clock Wednesday morning.

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Dunn County (WQOW) - Crews were on the scene of a fire at a Dunn County business, more than four hours after it started.

Firefighters were needed at the Pit Stop Tire and Auto Center along Highway 12 in Knapp around 6 p.m. Tuesday.  No one was hurt.  Highway 12 was closed in both directions as crews battled the flames.  There's no word yet on how the fire started. 

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News Release from the Dunn County Sheriff's Office

On February 11, 2014 at approximately 5:55 PM the Dunn County Communications Center received a report of a structure fire at the Pit Stop Tire & Auto Center located at 304 Highway 12, Knapp, WI.

Deputies of the Dunn County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene along with the Menomonie Fire Department, Boyceville Fire Department, and Glenwood City Fire Department.  Numerous other area fire departments also responded to assist at the scene.

US Highway 12 through Knapp was closed due to the fire and remains closed at the time of this media release.  There were no injuries reported.

The fire remains under investigation.

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