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Cause of New U Vitality Center fire undetermined

WILLMAR — The cause of the fire that damaged the New U Vitality Center and other businesses Wednesday evening along the 300 block of Lakeland Drive Southeast is undetermined and remains under investigation.

According to Willmar Fire Chief Gary Hendrickson, investigators have ruled out suspicious activity, but haven’t otherwise determined a cause. The State Fire Marshal was also involved in the investigation, he said.

Fire crews responded to the scene around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and remained there until about 1:30 a.m., Hendrickson said.

The estimate of damage to the business, and neighboring businesses in the strip mall, could be $1 million, as the other businesses cannot operate until the smoke and soot are cleaned up.

The center’s Facebook post notes that the fire caused significant damage that includes files, computers and phone system. The center is not open for business today. Get more information, and offer support, by visiting