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UPDATED: Fire destroys Millerville Auto Center

A fire destroyed the only gas station in the town of Millerville late Wednesday, Aug. 16. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received an alarm at the Millerville Auto Center about 11 p.m. The Millerville Fire Department responded and requested h...

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Millerville residents survey the damage caused by a fire that broke out in the Millerville Auto Center around 11 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17. (Beth Leipholtz | Echo Press)
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A fire destroyed the only gas station in the town of Millerville late Wednesday, Aug. 16.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office received an alarm at the Millerville Auto Center about 11 p.m.

The Millerville Fire Department responded and requested help from the Leaf Valley, Brandon, Evansville and Alexandria fire departments.

The building was fully engulfed and later partially collapsed, resulting in a total loss, the Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

The fire burned hot enough to melt siding on a neighboring home that was about 20 feet from the gas station, Millerville Fire Chief Dale Thoennes said. An adjacent building was not damaged.

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Thoennes also is the manager at Millerville Co-op Creamery, which owns the gas station.

Thoennes said the co-op will look at replacing the gas station but the decision will have to be made at a board of directors meeting.

The State Fire Marshal's Office will assist with the investigation into the fire. Douglas County deputies and the Minnesota State Patrol assisted.

Thoennes said most firefighters had left the scene by about about 3 a.m.

No injuries were reported. 

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Gas pumps stand in front of what used to be Millerville Auto Center after it burned late Wednesday, Aug. 16. (Izzy Rusch | Echo Press)

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