The State Fire Marshal’s Office was unable to determine the cause of the explosion of the Northrop elevator, prompting the insurance company to stick the city with the bill. The Fairmont Sentinel is reporting that the bill includes $ 114,000 for the fire, $ 118,000 dollars for demolition of the elevator and $ 16,000 in a diesel fuel bill totaling $ 248,000 dollars. Not to mention, eight resident’s homes were damaged in the explosion. 59 fire departments from all over southern Minnesota responded to the explosion and put in 60 hours in frigid temperatures to battle the blaze.


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