Albert Lea dealership fire ruled accidental

(ABC 6 News) – A fire at an Albert Lea car dealership at the end of last month has been ruled an accident.

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The fire was reported at the Dave Syverson Auto Center the evening of March 30.

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According to a press release sent Thursday "sparks from welding in the shop area landed in wooden products and other materials on the floor. After the shop employees left for the day, the materials caught fire and the flames spread to a semi-truck parked nearby."

Upon arrival, fire crews found heavy smoke coming from the back of the building. The business was closed for the day, with one person on-site performing cleaning duties. This person had left the building by the time emergency crews arrived. Crews extinguished the fire, which was contained to the truck body shop portion of the building.

Also assisting at the scene were the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, Glenville and Clarks Grove fire departments, and Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service.