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December 29, 2011

Fire to close gas station for weeks

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NORTH MANKATO —

"Fire" and "gas station" are two terms that firefighters don't like to see combined, but Inman said the underground storage of fuel and the fuel shut-off valves minimize the danger of a more explosive situation. The quick response eliminated those concerns in any case.

There were no injuries from the fire.

By Wednesday, Sarameh was looking at the bright side of the situation as he let insurance adjusters into the building.

"At least we'll have two new bathrooms," he said.

A tanker truck was draining the store's tanks, taking the fuel to Sarameh's SuperAmerica on Riverfront Drive. By today, he was hoping he'd get approval to have the Salvation Army haul away the food and sweets.

His only worry was his customers, who would also be going elsewhere. He's shooting to re-open on Jan. 15.

"It took us time to build the customer base," he said. "... We'd like to see our customers back in two weeks." 

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