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Large fire damages Albert Lea warehouse

The fire spewed heavy smoke through parts of the city, leading to evacuations.
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Firefighters battle building fire in Albert Lea.

ALBERT LEA, Minn — Firefighters are still on the scene of a major industrial fire that started Thursday night in Albert Lea.

The Albert Lea Tribune reports the fire broke out in a warehouse building on the 600 block of West Main Street. 

Video posted by Don Praska on Facebook shows what appears to be an industrial building engulfed in huge flames. The fire spewed heavy smoke that spread through nearby parts of the city, and forced the evacuation of a number of residents. Nearly two dozen reportedly are being sheltered at a nearby Methodist church.

It's not yet clear if there are any injuries. The Tribune said investigators from the State Fire Marshal's Office will be on the scene at daylight to survey the damage and attempt to determine a cause. 

KARE 11 will update this story as more information becomes available.

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