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Blaze destroys town's 120-year-old hotel

A fire that likely started early Friday in the basement of the once-grand Columbian Hotel in the small western Minnesota town of Ortonville quickly consumed the structure, firefighters said. The building had been under renovation, the Star Tribune reports.
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A fire that likely started early Friday in the basement of the once-grand Columbian Hotel in the small western Minnesota town quickly consumed the structure, the Star Tribune reports. There was nothing immediately suspicious about the blaze but a cause had not been determined.

It had ceased being a hotel in the 1960s, one lifelong Ortonville resident said, but the building had been under renovation, the Star Tribune reports.

No one was injured in the fire, KSFY reports.

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