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Cause of Monday night fire at MinnWest campus undetermined

Firefighters and other first responders from Willmar and area communities respond to a fire Monday in a buidling on the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar. Crews from Willmar, Blomkest and Spicer responded to the scene, as did emergency medical personnel and municipal utilities.2 / 2

WILLMAR — Fire investigators are working to determine the cause of a Monday evening fire that burned a vacant building on the MinnWest Technology Campus in Willmar.

According to Willmar Fire Chief Gary Hendrickson, the fire was reported just after 9 p.m. Monday when it was spotted by a Willmar Police officer.

By the time the first Willmar fire engine arrived, there was heavy fire coming through the roof of the 1705 building, which was vacant but was undergoing renovations.

The concrete construction of the 1930s vintage building stopped the fire from burning the building, but essentially burned the roof off of the building, Hendrickson said.

Firefighters took a defensive tactic on the building, and did not enter the structure, he said. There were no injuries.

The Willmar department called for and received mutual aid from the Spicer, New London, Kandiyohi, Pennock and Atwater fire departments. The Willmar Ambulance Service was also involved and set up a heat shelter for the fire crews.

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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