Investigators believe Winona fire was not intentionally set


The fire that destroyed three buildings in downtown Winona likely began between the ceiling and roof of the Islamic Center.

WXOW TV in Lacrosse, WI reports that Winona Assistant Fire Chief Jim Multhaup said Thursday investigators believe the fire was probably smoldering for several hours before it was detected.

Two weeks ago, the early-morning fire destroyed the Islamic Center and the Brosnahan Law Firm building and damaged several other neighboring buildings in downtown Winona.

A report in the Winona Daily News said the Winona Fire Department, the state fire marshals office, federal investigators, private investigators, and electrical engineers all have reached the same conclusion. Foul play has been ruled out as a cause of the fire.

The Winona Daily News report says investigators focused their attention on an electrical malfunction, but that the definitive cause will not be determined.

Many of the buildings were not just businesses, several had apartments on the upper floors. About a dozen people were living in apartments in those burned buildings.

Next Up

Taylor Rogers

Twins Rumors: Taylor Rogers could draw interest despite injury

The left-hander was placed on the injured list on Tuesday.


Severe storm watch: Apple-sized hail, 75 mph winds possible

A watch has been issued by the National Weather Service.

Screen Shot 2021-07-27 at 7.28.06 PM

Slain Red Lake officer identified as husband, father-of-four

Police say he was shot while responding to a report of a suicidal male who possibly had children the house.

Go Fund Me - Adam Richard Johnson

Remains in Mississippi mark 4th discovery of man's dismembered body parts

Officials on Tuesday confirmed the remains found July 4 are those of Adam Johnson.

Facebook - GoGo dog stolen vehicle -  St. Paul Police Department

Missing dog GoGo found dead in owner's stolen vehicle 3 days later

The vehicle was reported stolen with GoGo inside on July 18

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

The 14 MN counties with 'substantial or high' COVID-19 transmission

The CDC says everyone in these areas should wear a mask in indoor public places.

Pexels - woman grocery shopping mask covi

CDC: Masks recommended in places with 'substantial or high' transmission

This new guidance applies to everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

Screen Shot 2021-07-27 at 1.10.29 PM

WATCH: Vikings Live with Matthew Coller: Welcome to training camp

Vikings Live with Matthew Coller is a new Vikings show that streams Tuesdays.

YouTube - Minnesota DNR - watering tree

Tips for watering trees during severe drought, sprinkler restrictions

How can you keep your valued trees healthy? Just follow these simple steps.

police tape, crime scene

Minnesota saw record number of murders in 2020, BCA says

The BCA released its annual Uniform Crime Report on Tuesday.

Flickr - Red Lake Nation sign - Ken Lund

Red Lake police officer fatally shot on Tuesday

The officer was reportedly shot near Redby.