Cause of building fire remains under investigation

Published 8:08 pm Tuesday, April 23, 2019

A building on Adams Avenue, south of Main Street, was reportedly damaged by fire early Saturday morning.

Albert Lea firefighters and police officers were dispatched at 4:20 a.m. to the building at 424 Adams Ave. When they arrived, they found a commercial structure with smoke and fire showing, according to a press release.

Fire crews reportedly entered the building and worked to extinguish the blaze. Due to the size of the fire and size of the structure, an all-call request was made for Albert Lea firefighters, along with a request for assistance from the Glenville Fire Department.

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According to the Fire Department, the fire was contained to the interior contents with minimal damage to the structure.

Estimated losses were estimated at $35,000.

There were also four sets of firefighter gear that were damaged due to working through oil that had leaked from a drum due to the fire. Those are estimated at $10,000.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, and the Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office has been called in to assist in the investigation.

No injuries were reported.