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.
From a 1909 postcard:
Undated photo of downtown: