No injuries in overnight fire at Circle Sanitation



As of 10:30 Thursday morning, fire crews were pretty much done on the scene at Circle Sanitation.

Fire Chief Rex Weltikol said they were able to safely pull the ceiling down and extinguish all of what was still smoldering.

But as of about 11:45 am, a crew was dispatched back out due to some residual smoldering.

Minot Rural Fire Department called for assistance from Burlington Rural Fire to respond to Circle Sanitation early this morning.

“It took quite a while to gain access to it because we didn’t want to feed it air,” Weltikol said.

Because of the material and amount of insulation burning in the ceiling, it was expected to smolder for quite some time.

“It just travels like little veins throughout the attic there,” he added. 

Weltikol said some rafters will need to be replaced, but the building is in pretty good condition.

The office at Circle Sanitation will be closed for the rest of the day Thursday, but business is as usual other than that.

“The trucks are still out and running today,” owner and office manager at Circle Sanitation, Trina Holter, said. “Thankfully with having them outside and away from the shop, the routes were still able to go out and run.”

Weltikol said it will take some time to make sure the fire is completely out.

“We need to pull part of the ceiling down, get some equipment in here, pull that down,” said Weltikol. “Once we pull out that burned out area, everything should be pretty good.”

Office operations will re-open on Friday.

“We have our Facebook page that they can follow, we will be putting updates on there as we know more information,” said Holter.

There’s about two feet of insulation up in the ceiling that fire crews couldn’t reach, which is why they remained on scene for about seven to eight hours.

Nobody was injured and the cause is still unknown.

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