A fire Tuesday at Schaefer Auto in Menahga destroyed one building as multiple fire departments fought the blaze through the night. The auto and metal scrap recycling business is located in the industrial park on the south side of town off of Highway 71.
According to information released by the Menahga Fire Department, on Tuesday, May 2 at 9:20 p.m. Menahga Police and Fire Departments were dispatched to Schaefer Auto for a structure fire located in the Industrial Park. The structure was fully engulfed when emergency crews arrived. Owners and employees had left for the day about 6 p.m. and no one was around at the time of the fire with no injuries reported.
The fire was contained to the shop and office area and no other storage buildings were damaged. The building is considered to be a total loss. Along with the Menahga Fire Department, Park Rapids, Wolf Lake and Sebeka fire departments also responded as mutual aid. Crews remained on scene to battle the blaze for multiple hours with all fire crews and law enforcement cleared at approximately 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
According to the Menahga Fire Department, over 50 firefighters from the multiple departments responded the fire
The State Fire Marshal's office has concluded that the cause of the fire is undetermined, according to the Menahga Police Department.
Assisting the Menahga police and fire departments on the scene were Menahga First Responders, Wadena County Sheriff's Office, Sebeka Fire Department, Park Rapids Fire Department, Wolf Lake Fire Department, Minnesota DNR, Tri County Ambulance, Todd Wadena Electric and the City of Menahga Public Works.