Forklift destroyed by fire inside building

Paul Bickford/NNSL photo A fire at a building of Concept Energy Services Ltd. on July 23 destroyed a forklift inside the structure.

Paul Bickford/NNSL photo
A fire at a building of Concept Energy Services Ltd. on July 23 destroyed a forklift inside the structure.

A fire broke out in the early afternoon on July 23 in a building at Concept Energy Services Ltd.

While the building itself escaped structural damage, a forklift inside was destroyed.

“It appears there was a fire that started from possibly some welding that was going on earlier on in the day, got into the floor area of the building and caught a forklift on fire, which produced an awful lot of smoke,” said Hay River Fire Chief Ross Potter. “So there was an awful lot of smoke damage within the building.”

Potter said there was no damage to the building, other than smoke damage.

“The forklift is a write-off, for sure,” he said.

There were no injuries in the incident.

As for the cost of the damage, Potter suggested it would likely be somewhere between $50,000 and $100,000.

The fire chief said there was a little bit of smoke damage to two trailers under construction inside the building, and a couple of rig mats were burned. They are big wooden platforms for construction equipment.

Potter said firefighters did a good job in getting the fire extinguished very quickly, and once that was done they were able to clear the smoke out of the building.

The firefighters entered the building wearing self-contained breathing apparatuses.

At the time of the fire, Potter and one of his fire captains were conducting training with firefighters from Enterprise.

They helped out in responding to the fire, although they are not yet training in attacking a fire using self-contained breathing apparatuses.

–Paul Bickford