BY ANDREW SMITH
NORTH PERTH – A fire that caused an estimated $500,000 in damage to a trucking company garage on Monday has been determined to be not suspicious.
At approximately 3:15 a.m. on Monday morning, firefighters from Grey Township responded to a call from Lloyd Hurst Transport Ltd. on Perth Road 173. Steve Hurst, manager with the company, said he received a call from his security company and arrived to see smoke rolling from the front of the building and hot spots from the back of the maintenance and wash bays.
“You could definitely tell there was a fire inside,” he said. “It was almost like the steel was transparent, it was that hot.”
Huron East fire chief Marty Bedard said assistance was requested from Brussels and Atwood fire departments, and the fire at the garage was handled without any difficulty.
“They didn’t have any difficulty fighting it, they just wanted to make sure they had enough water on hand,” Bedard said. “The fire was contained to the back third of the building.”
Damage to the garage has been estimated at $500,000. Hurst said most of the damage was to the building itself and little was kept in the garage.
“We didn’t have any real equipment in there, other than a pressure washer,” Hurst said.
Bedard said it is standard to call the Office of the Fire Marshall regarding damage exceeding $500,000, but they weren’t required to attend.
“We called the Fire Marshall’s office, not because it was suspicious in nature, they were called because of the large dollar amount,” Bedard said. “We called them, reported the fire, and they said they wouldn’t be attending.”
At this point, Bedard is leaning towards a faulty electrical system as the cause of the fire. In the meantime, Hurst said the fire shouldn’t have much of an impact on the day to day operations of the trucking company.
“It will be a little bit of a hindrance on our daily maintenance,” Hurst said. “A bunch of different people have offered up their services to help us out.”