UPDATE: American Red Cross assisting 9 people fire in Spring Grove

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(ABC 6 News): UPDATE: American Red Cross volunteers are helping seven adults and two children following a multi-family apartment fire in the 100 block of West Main Street in Spring Grove.

“Our hearts go out to our neighbors who were impacted by this fire,” said Melanie Tschida, Executive Director for the American Red Cross serving Southeast Minnesota. “Because these disasters can happen anytime, even during the holidays, please help stay safe by testing your smoke alarms each month and practicing your home fire escape plan until everyone in your household can escape in two minutes or less.” ,

UPDATE 10:55 a.m. Friday – MnDOT District 6 in southeast Minnesota says Hwy 44 is reopen in Spring Grove.

The road had been closed since Thursday night due to a fire at the Napa True Value Auto store in downtown Spring Grove.

(ABC 6 News): UPDATE 9:30 a.m. Friday – MnDOT District 6 in southeast Minnesota says Hwy 44 remains closed in Spring Grove after Thursday night’s fire at the Napa True Value Auto store in downtown.

Crews continue to work at the scene and MnDOT will prepare the road before reopening. There is no time estimate on when the road will be reopened.

Spring Gove Ambulance was called to the scene to do a medical standby. They said they treated a few fire fighters for frostbite and frozen feet. No other information about the fire has been released.

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(ABC 6 News) – UPDATE 8:30 p.m. – MiEnergy crews have power restored on the south side with the exception those within about 1-1/2 blocks of the fire. MiEnergy will be standing by until the fire chief says it is safe to energize that area.

(ABC 6 News) – A fire in downtown Spring Grove has led to the closure and detour of Highway 44 in Spring Grove.

The fire happened at the Napa True Value Auto store in downtown Thursday afternoon.

MiEnergy Cooperative crews were called in to respond, crews disconnected power to the south side of town to allow firefighters to safely use their ladder truck as part of their efforts to contain the fire.

MiEnergy crews will stay on the scene so power can be restored immediately when it is safe to do so.

According to Minnesota Department of Transportation, the detour is expected to be in place overnight.

The detour for eastbound Highway 44 travels north on Second Avenue Northwest to east First Street Northwest to south on South Division Avenue and then returns to the highway. The detour is reversed for westbound Highway 44 traffic. The detour will be signed.

MnDOT officials are asking drivers to slow down and follow directions from first responders on the scene.

No word yet on the cause of the fire or if there was any injuries.