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Fire chief says Swenson Motors fire in Willmar, Minn., is not suspicious in nature

The front of Swenson Motor Company building showed no visible exterior damage Monday morning at 1301 Highway 12 East, Willmar. A fire early Monday morning damaged the auto dealership's building. Tribune photo by Kelly Boldan

WILLMAR -- The early morning fire that damaged Swenson Motor Company on East Highway 12 in Willmar is not suspicious in origin, according to Willmar Fire Chief Marv Calvin.

"At this point, it doesn't appear to be a suspicious fire," Calvin said.

The initial investigation by the Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal is complete, Calvin said. Officials are now continuing to work on other aspects of the investigation. The area of origin has been identified, but a damage estimate has not yet been established at this point.

The fire damaged the Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep dealership showroom, shop and vehicles.

Willmar firefighters were called to the business around 12:40 a.m. today. The local fire crew received mutual aid from eight surrounding agencies. Also assisting were Willmar Ambulance Service, Kandiyohi County Rescue Squad, Willmar Police Department and Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office.

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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