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Fire crews respond this morning to Willmar Avenue blaze, further information to be released this afternoon

Willmar firefighters repack their equipment shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday after extinguishing a blaze in a home on Willmar Avenue Southeast in Willmar. Tribune photo by Gary Miller.

WILLMAR — Willmar Fire Department crews were called early this morning to the 1200 block of Willmar Avenue Southeast to battle a house fire.

Fire crews remained on the scene until around 8:30 a.m. The department will release more information about the blaze this afternoon, according to Battalion Chief Jim Larson.

The fire was first noticed and reported to authorities by a passerby just after 7 a.m., according to Jerry Gesch, who is a neighbor to the residence. Gesch said the home was occupied by a woman in her 80s who had lived there for many years.

He watched the firefighters remove the woman from the home. The fire department has not released any information about the woman’s condition.

Further information is expected to be released later this afternoon.

Traffic was diverted around the scene for a time as emergency crews responded.

Gretchen Schlosser

Gretchen Schlosser is the public safety reporter, and writes about agriculture occasionally, for the West Central Tribune. She's been with the Tribune since 2006 and has 17 years of experience working in news, media and communications. 

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