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Blue Smoke BBQ in Alexandria is waiting for the green light to rebuild.

A fire in the kitchen quickly spread through the building at 403 3rd Avenue East on August 2 just before 3 a.m. Extensive smoke and water damage forced the owners to board up the building and close the business — temporarily.


Until the particulars of when the Galbraiths can rebuild are settled, the business is soliciting advice from the community.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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