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Press Photo by April Baumgarten Dickinson firefighters look on as comrades attempt to fight a fire and smoke that started Saturday in a stretch of buildings in downtown Dickinson. The fire shut down a portion of Villard Street for the afternoon.

Into the fire: Firefighters battle blaze, smoke in downtown Dickinson buildings

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A fire scorched the inside of a building in downtown Dickinson on Saturday afternoon, damaging businesses and displacing at least five families.

The fire began inside Bogey’s Diner a little after 5 p.m., according to witnesses. The diner and apartments above it were extensively burned, Dickinson Fire Chief Bob Sivak said. Both the first and second floors of the buildings next to it were enveloped by light to moderate smoke, he said.

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