Minnesota's Press Bar fire: Charging documents show detailed timeline of firefighting efforts

  • Source: SCTimes
  • Published: 03/04/2020 12:00 AM

PHOTOS: The criminal complaint filed against Press Bar owner Andrew Charles Welsh outlines firefighters' efforts to contain the fire and details leading up to the blaze. Welsh is suspected of setting the Feb. 17 fire that destroyed the historic building by igniting an accelerant on his office desk, according to court records. One firefighter became disoriented while working to control the fire in the basement, but was later helped to safety. Just minutes after the last firefighter escaped, the entire bar was fully engulfed in flames, according to the complaint. Press Bar employees told investigators business at the bar had been declining recently — and that Welsh had been reducing staff and ended the sale of tap beer, according to the complaint.


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