$100,000 worth of damage was done to a local
recreational machine dealership after a fire
started in the shop.
The Hay River Fire Department received a
call to Diggerz Powersports on Jan. 26 at 2:18
p.m. and found the shop portion of the building
All employees had been evacuated and no
one was injured.
Fire Chief Ross Potter estimated it took
firefighters 10 minutes to fully extinguish the
Following his investigation, Potter said he
believes that the cause of the fire was a fuel
leak that ignited.
He said one of the employees had been cutting
a bearing off a snow machine jack shaft
approximately 15 minutes after it had been
brought in from outside. It had a full tank of
fuel, he added.
“The fuel expanded in the fuel tank, leaked
out on the floor and started to vaporize and
that is what I believe created the flash and the
subsequent fire,” Potter said.
Shop owner Tim Hinz said because of the
fire department’s quick response, the damage
was limited to the shop area.
“The store itself contains no damage,” he
said.The shop portion of the building requires
extensive repairs, but Hinz is counting his
“Things could have been a lot worse,” he
said.And in addition to the help from the fire
department, Hinz said the response from the
community has been incredible.
“I have had people calling all day offering
manpower, offering space in their shops so
my mechanic can keep working,” he said. “I
owe everybody a whole lot of gratitude and
“It is just amazing how much this town has
pulled behind me.”
The shop was expected to be closed Jan.
27 and 28 while employees cleaned up the
shop but store hours were not expected to be