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Fire destroys mechanic's life's work, passion in Isanti County

The blaze burned down the building and everything inside.

The owner of a small business in east-central Minnesota is receiving support from his family after his vehicle repair shop burned down over the weekend. 

Randy's Toy Repair in Stanchfield, Minnesota, located about 50 miles north of Minneapolis in Isanti County, caught fire and burned down on Friday, Aug. 31. 

Nobody was injured but the shop and all of its contents were a total loss, according to a GoFundMe page

Randy Sutherland is the owner of the shop, and he could only look on as the fire destroyed his building, motorcycles, four-wheelers, tools, computers and all of his business documents and invoices. 

His family says the loss of business documents are "making it very hard to sort out for an insurance claim" and that "many things destroyed will not be covered" by insurance. 

"This was Randy’s life work and passion. Randy is a godly man who is very involved in New Hope Community Church and leads several small groups bible studies during the week," it says on the GoFundMe page.

"He is always willing to serve anyone in need and has been there for so many. We are hoping our community will help him during this time of great need."

The fundraiser has a goal of raising $25,000.

Sutherland told WCCO he believes the fire started in an area where he stored combustibles, not far from where he charges batteries for his tools.

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