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Possible homeless shelter burns

A temporary structure that appeared to be either a fort or a homeless shelter burned Tuesday night in northwest Rochester, with the fire department deploying two brush trucks to travel off-road to extinguish it.

The fire was reported in the 2300 block of 55th Street Northwest at 9:05 p.m., according to assistant fire marshal Larry Mueller.

The structure measured approximately 20 feet by 40 feet, and it appears people were living in it, Mueller said. The cause of the blaze wasn't immediately clear, he said.

Homeless people are known to live in the area where the fire started, Mueller said.

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