Community loses 'neighborhood institution' in Mpls.

6:36 PM, Jan 27, 2013   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Two days after a fire destroyed a building containing two beloved businesses, neighbors continued to stop by and take pictures of what was left of a "neighborhood institution."

"It's hard to see that memory being wiped out in a few hours," said Bill Graham, owner of Diamond Lake Rental.

On Thursday evening, fire tore through the building that housed both Diamond Lake Rental and Beek's Pizza, a pizzeria that first opened in the 1950s. Investigators haven't yet determined a cause of the blaze, and Graham -- who also owns the building -- doesn't yet know the future of the businesses.

Still, he's grateful no one was seriously injured in the fire. He's also grateful for a community that's coming together at a critical time.

"That's been the silver lining of this whole event is we realize how many people are really caring and have come out and lent support and just stopped by to say hi and give you a hug," Graham said.

One firefighter did suffer a minor injury related to a fall. Firefighters also battled both the blaze and extreme cold when the fire broke out just before 6 Thursday night.

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