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Fire destroys the only grocery store in Cook, Minnesota

Six fire departments were on the scene to contain the fire.

A huge fire broke out at a grocery store in Cook, Minnesota, late on Monday evening.

Six fire departments were called to the scene at Zup's Foods on Hwy. 53 at around 8:45 p.m.

According to the Friends of Northland FireWire, heavy smoke could be seen coming from the building, with flames later erupting from the store, which has a gas station outside of it.

The Ely Echo reported that the fire appeared to be towards the back of the store and that smoke was soon filling much of the city of Cook.

Making conditions difficult for firefighters were the low temperatures, that saw wind chills dip to sub-zero levels.

The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office reports that the store was extensively damaged and believed to be a total loss. 

Ely-based Zup's Inc. has a handful of grocery store locations in northeastern Minnesota.

One of its stores, in Babbitt, burned down in a fire in 2011, as reported by The Timberjay.

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