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Fire at Minnesota radio station does more than $500K in damage

The Duluth station is home to WWJC-AM 850.
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A Duluth radio station sustained more than a half-million dollars in damage from a fire early Sunday morning. 

The fire was reported just after 3 a.m. at WWJC-AM 850 at 1120 East McCuen Street, with the reporting party telling dispatch that they could see flames coming from the building. 

Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke and fire coming from an equipment building that is attached to the main two-story building. Fire crews were able to knock down the flames within 10 minutes while another fire crew set up a 2,500-foot relay pumping operation from the nearest hydrant. 

Three radio transmitters were destroyed in the equipment building, with Duluth Fire Department estimating at least $500,000 in equipment damage and a further $75,000 in structure damage. 

Remaining hot spots were put out after about three hours on scene. 

The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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