Falls business damaged by fire

Falls Journal
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Rainy Lake Oil Co. remains open today after a huge fire at its site on County Road 332 last night.
Janelle Heem, who works in the office, told The Journal this morning that the company still can supply home heating needs immediately.
“With the holidays, we don’t want anyone being cold in their home,” she noted.
“We’re going to keep going.”
However, the office has moved to Shannon’s Square in International Falls, which can be reached by calling 1-218-283-4477.
Many trucks were not destroyed in the fire, Heem said, although a few on the lubricant side of the business burned.
Explosions that many people heard and saw in the night sky were tanks of race fuel, methanol, and propane, she added.
Owner Larry Keep was at the scene this morning, Heem said.
Firefighters from both sides of the border responded to the blaze yesterday evening.
The 9-1-1 call was received at the International Falls Fire Station at 7:09 p.m., according to a press release from the Office of International Falls Mayor Bob Anderson.
Fire response was provided by the International Falls rural fire units and International Falls city fire trucks.
Mutual aid was provided by the Littlefork Fire Department, the Fort Frances Fire and Rescue Service, and a foam suppression fire truck from the Falls International Airport.
The blaze was contained by around 11 p.m. but some firefighters still were on the scene this morning.
Fortunately, the fire was contained with no threat to other structures.
There were no injuries to firefighters or loss of human life, either.
The cause of the fire is not yet available.
Rainy Lake Oil provides gas, oil, and propane services to Borderland residents.