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Bar in east-central Minnesota destroyed by overnight fire

The bar went up in flames around 4 a.m.
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A popular bar in east-central Minnesota was destroyed in an early morning fire Wednesday. 

CJ's Bar and Grill in Palmdale, located along Hwy. 95 in Chisago County, went up in flames around 4 a.m. Wednesday, according to the sheriff's department. 

A release from the Chisago County Sheriff's Office says a 911 caller reported seeing flames from the building. It took several hours for firefighters from numerous area departments to extinguish the flames. 

"There are no words other than complete devastation. I think it's [SIC] safe to say we're closed. Thanks for the many years of wonderful memories," reads a message on the bar's Facebook page. 

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The cause of the fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal's Office. 

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