Fire destroys 2 historic waterfront buildings in Superior

January 6, 2022 GMT

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — Fire destroyed a pair of waterfront buildings in Superior on Thursday, with smoke from the morning blaze briefly requiring the closure of a major bridge connecting the city with Duluth, Minnesota.

The fire began in an empty warehouse and spread to the neighboring building. No one was hurt, but Fire Chief Scott Gordon said both buildings were destroyed, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.

“These large warehouse type buildings were built in the late 1800s and are a loss for our community,” Gordon said.

Authorities haven’t said what started the fire.

The 48,000-square-foot warehouse was built in 1890 and formerly housed the Lake Superior Fish Co. previously known as Sivertson Fisheries.

The other building is the former Twohy Mercantile, built in 1894 by renowned architect Oliver Traphagen.

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Mayor Jim Paine called the buildings “priceless pieces of historic architecture and both had potential for new life.”

Brian Finstad, a member of the Superior Preservation Alliance, said the reflected the “boom period of west Superior” and called them the downtown’s only direct connection to the waterfront.