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UPDATE: Weekend fire at abandoned Duluth home deemed accidental

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UPDATE: DULUTH, MN (7/7/20) -- An abandoned house fire over the weekend has been deemed accidental.

Firefighters responded to the home located in the city's Central Hillside neighborhood just after midnight Sunday.

We're told in the last year the fire department received four solid waste complaints involving the abandoned home, and boarded up the house twice.

The city says it's looking into options for the property including tearing it down.

Firefighters say they have an extra concern when fighting fires involving abandoned structures.

"With an abandoned structure fire you add into that usually unstable conditions. So there may be rotting or damaged or missing building components holding the structure of the building up itself. There could be holes cut or rotting in the floor that could basically become a death trap to our firefighters," Duluth Fire Department Deputy Fire Marshal Jon Otis said.

As a safety precaution, Otis says the fire department marks abandoned properties so the firefighters know not to go inside those structures.

Officials say the fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to the building.

No one was hurt.

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UPDATE: DULUTH, MN (7/6/20) -- Duluth city officials say they're expected to share more details Tuesday in connection to the abandoned house fire over the weekend.

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DULUTH, MN (7/5/20) -- Duluth Firefighters spent the early morning hours knocking down a fire in an abandoned house in the city's Central Hillside neighborhood.

Firefighters responded to the home located near the intersection of East 8th Street and North 3rd Avenue East just after midnight.

Video and pictures from the scene show flames shooting into the air.

It took firefighters from four stations about an hour and a half to put out the fire. Officials say they had to fight the fire from the outside due to the building being too "hazardous" to enter.

The fire caused an estimated $50,000 in damage to the building, officials said. No one was hurt.

The Duluth Fire Marshal's Office is investigating.

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Kevin Jacobsen

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