Fire claims shop in Chatham Township

Firefighters from Buffalo and Maple Lake respond to a shop fire at 413 Coburn Ave. NW in Chatham Township on Thursday, Feb. 6. The fire was reported at 9:39 a.m. and MLFD was asked to provide mutual aid at 9:41 a.m. A large plume of smoke was visible from Wright County Road 35 and a Wright County Sheriff’s deputy blocked access to the scene via Colbert Avenue Northwest, citing unsafe conditions. The department reported the shop, owned by Russell and Jessica Johnson, as a total loss, but did not assign a value to the damage. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. Nine Maple Lake firefighters responded and were on scene for about three hours.