(Updated Thursday at 11:30 a.m.)
Albert Lea Fire Rescue reports no injuries in Wednesday night’s fire at the Dave Syverson Auto Center.
Albert Lea Fire and Police Department was dispatched shortly before 8 p.m. Wednesday to a fire alarm at the dealership, 2310 E. Main St. At the same time, several dispatch callers also reported fire smoke coming from the dealer’s building, according to a press release.
Albert Lea Fire Rescue arrived on the scene and found heavy smoke coming from behind the building. Fire crews worked to enter the building and extinguish the blaze, which was confined to the tractor-trailer workshop portion of the building.
The business was closed for the day, with one person on site carrying out cleaning duties. This person had left the building by the time emergency crews arrived.
The investigation into the fire is continuing, along with the determination of damages, the statement said. Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Laskowske described the damage as “significant”.
Travis Stortroen, chief executive of Dave Syverson, said the business will continue to operate as normal across all departments.
“We have a long way to go to repair the truck body shop, but the good news is that everything can be repaired and replaced,” Stortroen said in a statement.
“We would like to thank our local fire department, Freeborn County Sheriff’s Department and Albert Lea Police Department for their quick response and all of their hard work. We are so grateful.
He also thanked company employees and their families for the outpouring of support.
Minnesota State Patrol, Glenville and Clarks Grove Fire Departments and the Mayo Clinic Ambulance Service also assisted at the scene.
Albert Lea firefighters battled a blaze Wednesday night at the Dave Syverson Auto Center.
Firefighters were dispatched to the fire at 2310 E. Main St. around 8 p.m. All Albert Lea Fire Department shifts have been called.
Smoke could be seen coming out of Ford’s main building and the fire appeared to be in the body shop area in the back.
The Clarks Grove and Glenville Fire Departments were also called in to help each other.
Check back for more information as it becomes available. No information has yet been released on the cause of the fire or the extent of the damage.
See a video of the fire here.
The company posted a message on its Facebook age on Wednesday evening:
“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’ll provide you all with an update when we have more information.