Businesses hit reset after fire
March 3, 2023
A quick and aggressive response by firefighters saved the storefronts at the Bergquist complex last week, but the large warehouses in the back are likely a complete loss.
Cloquet Area Fire District Chief Jesse Buhs said the stores were connected to the warehouses by two breezeways. Both Bergquist Imports and Erbert & Gerbert's sandwich shop sustained smoke damage, but the fire didn't spread to the front.
Erbert & Gerbert's owner Al Kurtz used Facebook to thank fire suppression efforts, saying he hoped to reopen by March 20.
"We got lucky, and thanks to the fire department battling...