It’s been five years since a historic fire changed the face of downtown St. Michael.
Simonson Lumber’s old storage site, along with some side buildings on Central Avenue, burned to the ground on the evening of Jan. 7, 2012.
Investigators never determined the cause.
The fire changed the shape of downtown. Near the current Dunn Brothers location, the old Simonson’s was considered by many as an eyesore, long abandoned by the Minnesota company.