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Monday night Albert Lea blaze under investigation; Austin Fire Department provided mutual aid

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Albert Lea Fire Department are investigating a fire that badly damaged the Pro Trucking maintenance shop Monday night.

According to a press release, the cause and origin of the fire has not yet been determined.

Albert Lea firefighters and police officers were dispatched at 8:50 p.m. Monday to the business after dispatchers received a 911 call from a neighbor in the area who could see fire and heavy smoke coming from the building at 77917 209th St.

Multiple agencies and first responders were on scene Monday, both at Pro Trucking and along the highway. Colleen Harrison/Albert Lea Tribune

When firefighters and officers arrived, they found the business’s 7,000-square foot truck maintenance shop fully engulfed in fire.

It reportedly took crews about one hour to gain control of the blaze, but crews remained on scene until 1 a.m. Tuesday to extinguish hotspots due to tires and flammable liquids in the building.

Firefighters from Hayward, Glenville and Austin were called in to bring tankers and aerial ladders to assist with extinguishing the fire, and Hollandale Fire Department assisted with rehabilitation resources for the firefighters.

The release stated no employees were at the shop at the time of the fire, and damage estimates were not available as of Tuesday morning.

No one was injured in the fire.

More information is expected to be released after further investigation.