Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) -  An early morning fire wiped out a Rochester garage and its contents.

Rochester Fire Dept. crews were called to 1539 7th Avenue SE around 4:00 AM Saturday and arrived to find a fully involved detached garage. The building was near two houses and RFD says the occupants of the home where the fire started evacuated safely after crews arrived.

The fire was brought under control before it could spread to the houses. RFD says the two-car garage was a complete loss, along with two cars and a motorcycle inside. The backside of the home on the same property received fire damage to its siding.

The preliminary damage/loss estimate was put at $80,000.

The cause is under investigation.

News update:  A downtown Rochester landmark is facing the wrecking ball.

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