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Damage to Albert Lea’s Dave Syverson Automotive Center after fire described as ‘significant’ | Freeborn/Mower Counties

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Damage from a fire Wednesday night at the Dave Syverson Auto Center is described as “extensive.”

City officials said Thursday that Albert Lea Fire Rescue arrived on the scene around 8 p.m. and found heavy smoke coming from behind the building.

The business was closed for the day with someone on site carrying out cleaning duties.

This person had left the building by the time emergency crews arrived. Crews extinguished the fire, which was confined to the tractor-trailer shop portion of the building. The investigation into the fire is continuing, along with the determination of damages,” a press release said.

Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Laskowske described the damage as “significant”. Dave Syverson remains open for business from his Chrysler building.

The Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office, Minnesota State Patrol, Glenville and Clarks Grove Fire and Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

We can’t say THANK YOU enough to all of our amazing fire departments in the area, the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office and Albert Lea Police Department! We are so grateful that everyone at Dave Syverson is safe and that all fire damage can be repaired! Thank you all for following us and for your kind words. We will provide you all with an update when we have more information,” the dealership said on social media.