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Fergus Fire response awesome [UPDATED]

Published 9:33am Wednesday, July 10, 2013 Updated 11:38am Wednesday, July 10, 2013

In a downtown area that is usually silent at night, it was amazing to see how fast the 200 block of Lincoln Avenue filled with people ready to help when a fire broke out above Curl Up and Dye and Lakes Country Graphics at 10:30 p.m. Sunday. The Daily Journal thanks everyone who did what they could to help throughout the night.

The nation learned how dangerous fighting fires can be after the tragic incident in Arizona that killed 19 elite firefighters. Even as flames soared high into the sky downtown Sunday night, firefighters could be seen risking their lives as they ran through the building. These people understand that they need to take risks in order for others to be safe. We thank all 102 who responded to the blaze and wish the injured firefighters a speedy recovery.

A long, hard battle with a fire isn’t just fought by firefighters, however. Assisting agencies included the Fergus Falls Police Department, Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Department, the Minnesota State Highway Patrol, Ringdahl Ambulance, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Fergus Falls Public Works and the State Fire Marshal.

Each agency had crews on the ground all night long, and they all get big thank you from The Daily Journal and the rest of Fergus Falls.

In case you have ever wondered where your Red Kettle money goes, this is it. The Salvation Army received a call at 11 p.m. Friday, and by 11:30 p.m., there was a table set up complete with snacks, Gatorade, water and 100 sandwiches to feed and hydrate emergency personnel.

Even local businesses did what they could to help out. The owner of the City Bakery passed out fresh doughnuts to firefighters at around 3:30 a.m.

Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by the fire, but our thank yous are for everyone who did what they could to help.

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