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After fire, businesses pick up pieces

Broken windows and blackened walls show along the west side of the historic mansion. Forum News Service

DULUTH — As investigators from the Duluth Fire and Police departments continued to comb the scene of Monday’s fire at a historic mansion, the tenants involved adjusted quickly Tuesday while juggling their emotions.

“Yesterday I was flying on adrenaline,” business owner Marsha Hystead said outside the charred Oliver G. Traphagen House on East Superior Street. “This morning it was sadness.”

Meanwhile, Duluth Fire Marshal Marnie Grondahl confirmed the arson investigation initially reported Monday.

“We are investigating it as arson,” Grondahl said. But she did not elaborate due to the ongoing nature of the investigation.

Investigators are offering a reward to anyone with information about the fire.