- Associated Press - Friday, February 21, 2020

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The National Response Team of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has been activated to join the investigation into the cause of a fire that destroyed a historic bar in downtown St. Cloud.

The team arrived Friday at the scene of the Press Bar fire to join local and state investigators.

The fire broke out Monday morning, but by afternoon the two-story building had been leveled, resulting in over $1 million in damage.

The St. Cloud Fire Department and the ATF’s St. Paul Division asked for help from the National Response Team, because of the size of the building and the amount of damage.

The ATF developed the National Response Team to bring its expertise to federal, state and local investigators faced with the challenges of significant explosions and arson fires.

The building was more than 100 years old. The Press Bar dated back to 1942.

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