For immediate release
Oct. 13, 2023
Media contact: Albert Lea Police Deputy Chief Darren Hanson at 507.377.5210 or [email protected]

Albert Lea police, fire seek information in arson case

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — On Oct. 6, 2023, at 8:33 p.m. Albert Lea Fire Rescue and the Albert Lea Police Department were dispatched to a garage fire at 819 Garfield Ave. The structure fire was quickly contained and extinguished. The origin of the fire was determined to be suspicious. 

On Oct. 11, 2023, Albert Lea police arrested Kolten Lee Wright, 19 years old, of Albert Lea, for his involvement with this suspicious fire. Wright has been charged with first-degree arson, criminal damage to property and other related charges. This remains an active investigation. If you have further information related to this ongoing investigation, please contact the Albert Lea Police Department and Albert Lea Fire Rescue at 507-377-5200.


The mission of the Albert Lea Police Department is to enhance the quality of life in Albert Lea by providing excellent public safety services through leadership, integrity, and in collaborative partnerships with our community.