Fire in Wadena at Minnesota Valley Irrigation

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Update 2: At 8 p.m., the Wadena Fire Department issued a press release about its Facebook page. The building that was on fire was a department store used by Minnesota Valley Irrigation for equipment storage and operations. Since chemicals were stored at the facility, firefighters ordered the citizens of Wadena to shelter in place as a precaution.

Due to a tornado warning, firefighters had to halt operations but were able to return to the scene within 30 minutes. Officials considered the building a total loss. The fire is currently under investigation.

Update: At 6:19 p.m., the Wadena Police Department said in a Facebook post that they no longer ask residents to shelter in place due to a fire at Minnesota Valley Irrigation. No further information has been released at this time.

Original story: A fire at Minnesota Valley Irrigation in Wadena led the fire department to declare a shelter-in-place order for the entire city.

People are advised to avoid Highway 10 and east of Wadena, as well as the site of the fire. Wadena Fire Department reportedly dealing with hazardous materials with fire. If anyone needs shelter, they should go to the Wadena-Deer Creek High School Vault.

No further information is available at this time.

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