PAULLINA - On Tuesday night a fire that started at a corner building in downtown Paullina quickly spread to adjacent buildings, destroying a significant portion of downtown Paullina.
Around 9:30 p.m. a call to the Paullina Fire Department was received regarding smoke in an apartment above Mesner's Eatery at 107 E. Broadway in downtown Paullina. Shortly thereafter, the fire department responded to a structural fire that was happening. The Paullina Fire Department immediately requested mutual aid to combat the fire that quickly spread to adjacent apartments and buildings
The apartments and businesses were evacuated according to the O'Brien County Sheriff's Department report.
According to Paullina Mayor Marlo Ebel, the fire affected a half - block of businesses, and destroyed Dice's Catering, Hot Shots Photography, and Mill Creek Liquor.
Fire was not the only thing that firemen were fighting on Tuesday into early Wednesday. The frigid weather added to the problem with snow falling and winds reaching 50 mph that made the fight difficult, but Ebel said the biggest problem was that the fire was located in between ceiling tiles. The only way to put the fire out was to tear down part of the building.
Paullina Assistant Fire Chief Mike Lund said about 150 firefighters from 15 towns, including Primghar, Sanborn, Sheldon, Orange City, Granville, Marcus, Germantown, Calumet, Sutherland, Meriden, Cleghorn, Archer, Alton, Hospers and Larrabee fought the fire overnight and well into Wednesday.
The Paullina and Primghar Ambulance teams were on standby at the scene.
No one in the buildings or fire crews on the ground were injured, according to authorities.
The Iowa State Fire Marshal has been called in to determine the cause of the fire.
There have been no estimates of damage involved in the fire yet, and future plans for the affected businesses are also unknown at this time.