UPDATE: Fire and Vehicle Crash Destroys Rochester Store

February 16, 2019 10:53 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- UPDATE: Local family who owns a popular Asian store that was gravely damaged after a vehicle crash and a fire, says they're overwhelmed and devastated by the incident.

Police and firefighters were at the scene of the crash at 3918 18th Avenue Northwest early Saturday morning. The Rochester Fire Department says officers pulled a person out of the vehicle that crashed into Saigon Far East Oriental Market. The crash caused a fire that damaged the building which resulted in $200,000 in damages. 


A notice can be seen on Saigon Far East Oriental Market's door saying "Due to Fire, Closed Until Further Notice."

Smoke and water damage are visible all over the interior of the store located on 18th Street Northwest in Rochester. Most of the produce and food products were damaged.  A delivery truck parked behind the building also had some fire damage to it.

The person was reported as injured and was brought to the hospital.

In a GoFundMe page titled: "Help Cambodian Family Store After Fire," a short message described the people involved in the crash and the extent of the damage, "3 drunk drivers ran into the store and hit the stores electric box at 1 am. This led to the store catching on fire. This family worked very hard to make a community for all Asian people of Rochester to have a place to shop. The store is completely burned and all the store's goods are ruined." 

If you would like to help, here is a link to the page:


One person is injured after a vehicle crashed into a building in Rochester early Saturday morning.

The Rochester Fire Department sent out information on Saturday stating that they responded to a building on fire caused by the structure's gas supply. Firefighters said the fire started after a vehicle crashed into the building.  The incident happened on Saturday, around 1:14 a.m. at 3918 18th Avenue Northwest.

Firefighters report that the Rochester Police Department pulled out the occupant of the vehicle before they arrived.  

At the scene of the fire, crews say that electrical lines were compromised and were still energized while firefighters tried to extinguish flames.

The Rochester Fire Department was able to control the fire with hose lines and extinguish the fire by shutting off the gas at the gas meter.  Firefighters searched the structure for extension and ventilated the structure. No fire personnel was injured during the incident.

The quick action of the firefighters kept the fire from spreading beyond the rear entrance. Firefighters say they worked to clear heavy smoke from the building, performed air monitoring, and began the fire investigation.  

Several other agencies assisted in this incident: Gold Cross Ambulance Service, Rochester Police Department, Rochester Public Utilities, and Minnesota Energy Resources.

The east side of the business sustained heavy fire damage and had smoke and water damage throughout. The vehicle that struck the building was a total loss.

Initial damage estimate is in excess of $200,000.00.


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