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Fire at Kozy Apartments

Kozy Bar burning in downtown Duluth

A News Tribune reporter on the scene said the upper floors are fully engulfed and it appears the building could be completely destroyed.

Via DNT

25 Comments

cork1

about 9 years ago

Based on Starfire's Facebook updates -- sounds like it is bad. Building a complete loss, questionable whether or not everyone got out. Regardless of what you thought about the Kozy Bar, this is a loss for many people.

Karl

about 9 years ago

This really saddens me. It's one of the rare places on this earth that I felt people were really honest with me, sometimes brutally so. (words and actions)

I hope it's not the END.

adam

about 9 years ago

The roof is engulfed. From the peak on 1st street (above the Paul Robeson [sp?] Room), to the spire on the corner, to the rooftop on East 2nd St. Flame two stories higher.

From what I overheard, it sounded like only one tenant was unaccounted for. I hope everyone is safe. This is, comparatively, the beginning of the shittiest time of the year to be out on the street. I stood next to, and spoke with a handful of now homeless individuals. The DTA had buses as warming shelters for those who had left with the clothes on their backs.

With the amount of water I saw pouring out of 2nd story windows, I am skeptical of the Kozy/Apts future.

You can say whatever you want about Eric R. and/or the Kozy, I just hope everyone is safe.

Barrett Chase

about 9 years ago

From what I saw, it's hard for me to imagine that the building will be able to recover. Let's just hope that everyone made it out. The DNT is reporting right now that a Kozy employee said that everyone made it out. 



Chad

about 9 years ago

That's a damn shame.  No matter your opinion on the building or the area, I think (and hope) everyone can agree that this is an awful thing happening to those residents.  I echo the sentiments of previous commenters; hopefully everyone made it out alright.

Michele

about 9 years ago

Three people admitted to St Lukes tonight by the end of my shift. You could see the smoke and flames from the hospital windows. Tragic loss for the tenants, especially this time of year. I hope the Duluth community will support these people in need.

ae

about 9 years ago

A few of us in the neighborhood are volunteering -- collecting warm clothes and other personal effects for those who lost all in this fire. We will coordinate with a local charity to help disburse items to those in need. 

I'm poor and don't have a lot to give ... but this is my neighborhood whether I like it or not and no one should go without a hat or winter shoes ... dig? 

Assholes who stereotype this couple of city blocks need not apply. I personally don't want your vibe in my space. Maybe someone else will. Not me.

Disaster can happen to anyone. I face losing my own housing soon. It sucks. And it wont stop my compassion, now.

brian

about 9 years ago

ae, let us know who you work with for the clothing and other donations or where people can bring things to donate.

Erin

about 9 years ago

Does anyone know if the block is closed down at all? One of my classes is scheduled to meet at the Clayton-Jackson-McGhie Memorial across the street from there today.

brautigan

about 9 years ago

It was a really weird scene last night. It was like all the people who wouldn't have dared get that close to the Kozy for fear of ____??_____ stood shoulder to shoulder with the Kozy's (now former) inhabitants ... and watched it burn...entertainment (and I mean this mildly) for some ... total loss for others ... very strange indeed. I just can't help wonder what will become of the Kozy Korner.

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

Some background on the building:

A Little Kozy History

Jayson

about 9 years ago

The NNC has great video on this. 

Kozy Bar Apartments in Downtown Duluth up in flames


I hate going to the DNT and seeing the horrible comments people make towards the people that are misplaced.

Bret

about 9 years ago

This is so sad.  The Kozy offered low income housing when such housing is so sorely needed. I hope for the best for those displaced and also hope that ae shared the information on where to bring clothes, etc. to donate.

Also, thanks Paul for putting up that link.  I hope everyone will take a look to see what material loss the city has suffered in addition to the human toll this has taken on so many.

At least it sounds like there was no loss of life and that injuries were minimal.

My thoughts are with you all as you try to recover from this disaster.

The Opponent

about 9 years ago

I just looked at the DNT comments.  Also I've seen some idiotic comments on Facebook as well.  People are homeless.  Fact.  The Kozy was a troubled spot.  Fact.  The Kozy Bar was an affordable neighborhood tavern.  Fact.  Gentrification gets a boost.  Fact. 

samh

about 9 years ago

I drank side by side with some rowdy, tough, honest people in the Kozy Bar.  Probably one of the most real joints I've ever set foot in to this day.

Derek Montgomery

about 9 years ago

If you want to call the Duluth chapter of the Red Cross and specifically donate clothes to people set out in the fire, they are taking names and numbers now and once they are organized will contact you with directions to donate.  

Here is the number to the Duluth Red Cross:  218-722-0071

brian

about 9 years ago

Damiano Center is also taking donations, and will have clothing available for people displaced by the fire.
206 W. 4th Street

CHUM would also probably welcome food donations, but they are not currently taking clothing donations.
102 West Second Street

Tony D.

about 9 years ago

This is sad, first and foremost for those who lost a home, and also another probable loss to our historic building stock. I am hoping against hope I don't have to move the Kozy/Pastoret Terrace from the "Grand Old Buildings" project to the "Lost Duluth" project. But with only liability insurance—and, reportedly, with the money received from the NorShor sale going to purchase and relocate the Loeb Mansion--I doubt Dr. Ringsred will have the financial resources to rebuild. If he does, I hope he gets rid of that ugly 1924 addition to the front and puts the "Witches Hat" roof back on the turret.

Paul Lundgren

about 9 years ago

According to Howie Leathers of the Northland Chapter of the American Red Cross:

"The big challenge is finding local establishments that have enough room to put up all the residents. This job is at least a $20,000 job, so the big thing for the Red Cross is finding the money to pay for the food, the shelter and the clothing."

MPR: Red Cross scrambling after Duluth apartment fire

brian

about 9 years ago

Here's a link to donate to the local Red Cross.

Claire

about 9 years ago

It's also give to the max day, appropriately enough.

Bad Cat!

about 9 years ago

If you want to donate to the Red Cross, consider using this link: GiveMN.org.

ae

about 9 years ago

I'm just a resident of our downtown neighborhood. There are a few of us who want to help. I can't believe the asinine comments people have made. Well, yeah, I can believe it. 

With that said, the Damiano Center will take donations of clothing and household stuff.

Claire

about 9 years ago

I drove by it this afternoon, the front of the building is pretty much gutted. Just glad no one was killed.

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