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Willmar Fire Chief Marv Calvin (center) talks with fire personnel and auto deal staff Monday morning outside the Swenson Motor Company building at 1301 Highway 12 East, Willmar. A fire early Monday morning damaged the auto dealership's building. Tribune photo by Kelly Boldan

Early morning fire damages Swenson Motors in Willmar, Minn.

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WILLMAR -- Authorities are investigating a fire early this morning that heavily damaged Swenson Motor Company on East Highway 12 in Willmar.

At approximately 12:40 a.m. today, the Willmar Fire Department was dispatched to a report of smoke coming from the roof of Swenson Motors. Upon arrival, fire crews found fire in the building and were able to knock down a large amount of fire with initial hand lines. Authorities say fire extended into the roof area.

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