Massive fire destroyes northern Minnesota fuel company that distributes in South Dakota

INTERNATIONAL FALLS, Minn. (AP) – A massive fire in northern Minnesota has destroyed a heating oil and fuel company near the Canadian border.

Rainy Lake Oil Co. erupted in huge plumes of fire, fueled by eight or nine tanks inside the company’s warehouse Monday night in International Falls.

Office manager Janelle Heem says the warehouse, office and gas station were destroyed. The company distributes in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Heem says the company was talking with suppliers Tuesday in order to get the business back on track.

She says the company has set up a temporary office and is making fuel deliveries with four trucks that were spared in the fire.

Several fire departments assisted in fighting the blaze after it broke out around 7 p.m.