Photo Story: Blaze Guts Several Minn. Businesses

A late night fire swept through three businesses on Minneapolis' University Avenue on July 31.

The blaze broke out around 11:45 p.m. and crews found smoke inside a commercial building housing an automotive repair shop, a day care business and a grocery store.

The fire quickly grew out of hand and firefighters were forced to use a defensive attack. 

Aerial ladders were set up in tandem with portable master streams and hoselines to pour water into the blazing building.

As the fire grew in intensity, it threatened a 300-foot radio antenna on top of the structure. 

While firefighters were evacuatign neighbors, the antenna collapse down into the building.

No injuries were reported during the three hour firefight. 

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