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Stanchfield Man Loses Life's Work to Fire

An Isanti County mechanic is left picking through the rubble of his repair shop after it was totally destroyed over the weekend.

Randy's Toy Repair, a motorcycle and utility vehicle repair shop in Stanchfield, MN burned to the ground on Friday, August 31. Owner Randy Sutherland told WCCO that he and his cousin had left to go pick up parts. They were gone for for less than an hour.

When Sutherland returned, he found the building was quickly being engulfed in flames. He tried to save as much as possible, but the fire was just too hot. All he could do was stand there and watch the business he had built over the last 20 years burn to the ground.

Thankfully, no one was injured, but the fire destroyed everything including the building, motorcycles, computers, tools, and business documents. The lost business documents and invoices make it extremely difficult for Sutherland to file an insurance claim.

A GoFundMe page started by his family said, "Many things destroyed will not be covered."

The GoFundMe account has a hope of raising $25,000 that will go toward paying off the loan on the business, repay Sutherland's customers for the vehicles lost, and rebuild the business that his family call his life's work.

People have raised over $4,000 of the overall goal in just two days.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Photo taken from GoFundMe page.

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