Fire in downtown Alexandria, Minnesota destroys 4 buildings, displaces 20 residents

Firefighters knocked down four buildings in downtown Alexandria, Minnesota to get at a fire that started early Tuesday morning. (Thomas Williams / FOX 9)

A fire burning in downtown Alexandria, Minnesota has destroyed four buildings and displaced more than a dozen residents who lived in the apartments above. 

The fire started at about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday on the west side of the 500 block of Broadway Street, according to officials. Firefighters are demolishing the four affected buildings—RM Tattoo, Raapers Eatery & Ale, Charlie’s Bazaar and Little Darlings Children’s Boutique—in an effort to contain the fire.

There were no reports of injuries.

 The fire displaced approximately 20 residents who lived above the businesses. The American Red Cross is assisting 16 displaced residents. 

More than 100 firefighters and first responders from five different fire departments assisted on the scene.

Officials said Highway 29 will continue to be closed from 3rd Avenue to 6th Avenue. Businesses unaffected by the fire will continue to be open, but access may be limited to entrances in the back.