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Published July 08, 2013, 04:37 PM

Fire at Moorhead bar is being investigated as suspicious

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Fire broke out at a former bar last night in Moorhead. Fire crews were on scene at Coach's for more than five hours.

By: WDAY, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Fire broke out at a former bar last night in Moorhead.

Fire crews were on scene at Coach's for more than five hours.

You can see the building is still standing, a lot of the damage is in the interior.

Moorhead fire crews tell me their biggest fear with this fire was the safety of their own men.

Assistant Fire Chief - Rich Eggert says the call came in at 2:45 a.m. when crews left the station they saw smoke barreling down Center Avenue.

All off duty firefighters were called in, along with a crew from Fargo.

Eggert says crews searched the building, making sure it was vacant.

At first Eggert says they didn't know how easy it would be to stop the fire in its tracks because the sprinkler system was out of order.

We're told as long as the building isn't being occupied, it doesn't have to be up to code.

Assistant Chief Rich Eggert- Moorhead Fire Department: "The building itself is what we call a bow-string truss it's a pretty unstable form of construction when there is fire under it. It's kind of held together by itself so if part of it goes the roofs tend to collapse. Right away we knew there was a lot of fire inside so we kind of went into a defensive mode right away."

Eggert tells me the building was set to be demolished. The cause of the fire is still unknown. Lt. Tory Jacobson says it's being investigated as suspicious, possible arson.

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