Morning fire torches Lake Street furniture store

A fire this morning caused serious damage at Grand Lake Furniture, 419 W. Lake St.

Workers at Paul Williams Tire Co. across the street reported the fire around 8 a.m. after hearing an explosion and seeing flames pouring out into the street. Friefighters arrived in minutes and extinguished the fire in less than an hour.

Lake Street from Grand to Lyndale avenues was temporarily closed while crews battled the blaze. By the time the fire was put out, all of Grand Lake Furniture’s front windows were shattered. Torched furniture could be seen inside.

The fire’s cause is under investigation.