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11:20 a.m. Update: Building fire reported in downtown Willmar

Fire and rescue personnel responded to a fire shortly after 10 a.m. Friday in a downtown Willmar building.

Smoke could be viewed coming out of the upstairs apartment area of 402 Litchfield Avenue Southwest.

The 400 block of Litchfield Avenue has been blocked off and one block northward toward the Kandiyohi County Building.

One person has been removed from the scene by an ambulance.

Fire departments from Willmar, Spicer, Pennock, Kandiyohi and Benson responded to the scene.

Further updates will be posted on West Central Tribune Online Read more about the story in the West Central Tribune Saturday.

Kelly Boldan

Kelly Boldan has been the editor of the West Central Tribune of Willmar, since joining the newspaper in October 2001. He has previously worked as the editor at the Bemidji Pioneer, also part of Forum Communications Co., and other daily newspapers, online Web sites, and weekly agriculture newspapers in Wisconsin, Texas and Minnesota. You can follow via Twitter at @KellyBoldanWCT or read about the Tribune's newsroom blog at: or the Tribune's blog at:

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