The Minnesota Public Radio reported that authorities still have no clue as to what caused the massive fire in Winona last September 13, 2013. So far, available evidence implies that it was simply an unfortunate accident. The Islamic Center of Winona sustained most of the damage while other commercial establishments were also affected by the blaze.

Amy Jo Marks owns two businesses adjacent to the Islamic Center — her clothing store and coffee shop were damaged in the fire. She says reporters have asked repeatedly about possible tension or conflict with the mosque.

“I was like you know what, there’s no story that I know of,” she said.

Mohamed Elhindi , president of the Islamic Center and chair of the local school board, concurs.

“We never have a problem,” he said. “We never had somebody call said we’re going to do this to the mosque, or you shouldn’t have a mosque here. We never feel threatened.”

So for now, all residents and fire victims know for sure is that there’s a lot of hard work to do.

If something so disastrous can happen to a small city like Winona, the chances of a similar event happening are larger in a more populous city like Minneapolis. This is why residential and commercial property owners need to keep in touch with companies who specialize in disaster restoration in Minneapolis like ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration. After all, putting out a blaze is only half the battle; people still need to deal with the mess that’s left behind.

Smoke can actually be just as bad as fire when it comes to inflicting property damage. While fires leave behind scorch marks, debris, rubble, and burnt materials, smoke spreads soot and a nasty odor that tends to stick around even after regular cleaning. This is why a reliable fire damage restoration service in Minneapolis, MN also provides odor removal to businesses and homes.

Fortunately, there are things that ordinary people can do to minimize these effects. Walls and home sidings can be sprayed with detergent solutions while drapes and clothes can be machine washed or dry cleaned with mild alkaline to remove any trace of acid. Of course, it is better to rely on professionals if the damage is severe; you wouldn’t want to be exposed to harmful residue left behind.

(From What caused the downtown Winona fire?, Minnesota Public Radio, September 16, 2013)