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The Arlington building, located at 100 Main St. S. in Cambridge, Minn. caught fire around 1:35 a.m. Tuesday. The building holds 20 units and was built in 1902, but it was abandoned in October.
Because it is an abandoned building that was empty at the time, the fire department focused on saving the surrounding buildings first.
According to signs posted on doors, the Arlington building has been closed since October 2014. An Isanti County judge ordered the residents of the Arlington Apartments to vacate the building by Nov. 24 "unless safety repairs are corrected."
The report, according to Isanti County News, said: "The apartments and common areas are not being maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. The carpeting is very heavily stained, ripped and torn in several areas, causing a tripping hazard, and covered by debris. The community bathrooms were filthy and there was no evidence of them being cleaned and maintained. Ceiling tiles were stained and missing in several locations, leaving the debris above uncovered and falling down. Each unit had violations of the housing code."
Cause of the fire is unknown at this time.
Traffic has been detoured surrounding the area. It is uncertain when the area will be clear.