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Beloved small town Minnesota bar goes up in flames after 'explosion'

The bar is a meeting place for residents of Sobieski.
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There's dismay in the town of Sobieski, Minnesota after a blaze at a popular and acclaimed bar.

Smoke and flames were seen coming from Herbie's Bar on Monday evening in the central Minnesota town, near Little Falls, with the St. Cloud Times reporting that it followed what eyewitnesses described as an "explosion."

The incident happened just before 7 p.m. at the family-owned bar and restaurant owned by Dan and Jason Gorka, which WCCO says is "beloved by local residents as the meeting place of Sobieski."

The Morrison County Sheriff's Office said there were four people in the bar when the fire started and they all got out safely. The bar, however, is a total loss.

The Gorka family posted on the bar's Facebook page urging people "don't listen to the rumors" adding "we do not know what caused the fire."

In another post, the Gorkas wrote: "You cry, you ask yourself why, you thank the Lord nobody was hurt, you cry again, you count your Blessings, you Cry again. You wonder why, you cry, you hope everyone will be ok. You keep crying.. How, why, what, when, who, wtf?"

Images of the fire were posted on Facebook by Kaye Ringwelski, showing flames and a big plume of smoke rising from the building.

Much-loved by locals, the bar also got statewide acclaim when in 2014 it was voted as having the best fish fry by viewers of WCCO.

The Gorka family says it will update patrons about the cause of the fire once they've heard from the fire marshal.

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