After a little less than 24 hours after a fire destroyed The Madelia City Garage on Thursday the Madelia Police Department released the following press release. 

On August 2, 2018 at 2:08PM, the Madelia Police Department, Madelia Fire Department, and Madelia
Rescue Squad were dispatched to the Madelia Street Department located at 519 2 nd Street NE for a
structure fire. An officer with the police department arrived at the scene within a minute of the call
and the building was already completely engulfed in flames.

The Saint James Fire Department was called for mutual aid assistance. The fire was brought under
control by 5PM and all personnel had cleared the scene by 9PM. There were no reported injuries as a
result of this incident.

Preliminary findings by Minnesota State Fire Marshal Division (SFMD) investigators and local
authorities indicate that the cause of the fire was likely accidental. The fire remains under
investigation. The investigation and final determination of the cause of the fire will be handled by the
SFMD. No further information is available at this time.

The Plaindealer will provide updates as they become available