The state Fire Marshall’s Office is investigating after a blaze destroyed three structures and damaged two others Sunday morning in downtown Fairfax in south-central Minnesota.  City Councilmember Brad Bastian says nine departments battled the fire and he appreciates all the help to contain the blaze:

“These fire crews, they put in a lot of time and effort, training and all that.  So it’s really good seeing ’em all come together and do these things when it’s needed.  I mean, anytime you have a fire like that it could spread… really bad.”

Bastian says he’s been told there were apartments on the second floor of the buildings but they were vacant.  Two Fairfax downtown businesses were a total loss and two other buildings, including the post office, had minor damage.