Bismarck, ND – Despite millions of dollars in damages from Sunday’s fire, Capital RV was back up and running on Monday.
The owner says he thinks the fire did about $4-5 million in damage to his shop, showroom and the RV’s on display.
That hasn’t slowed them down though.As of 3 p.m. on Monday, he said his store had sold 5 RV’s.
Capital RV has shifted some of its departments around while crews work to fix the damage.The owner hopes things will be back to normal in a couple days.
At 8:58 AM the Bismarck Fire Department responded to a report of smoke coming from the Capital RV shop at 1900 Industrial Dr. Street.
No one was injured in the fire. More than 40 emergency workers responded to the blaze. Firefighters worked to contain the fire that threatened the RV showroom, but more than a dozen vehicles were being housed there when the fire broke out and many were burned or badly damaged due to the fire.
A payloader had to be used to pull the burning motor homes from the building so they could be extinguished.
Dean Meyer, Deputy Fire Chief Bismarck Fire Department says, “The R.V’s were on fire which is basically like a bunch of little houses packed together inside of a building so you can imagine that’s quite a feat to get in there and try to put a fire out.”
They were able to keep the fire contained to the shop but the showroom did receive some smoke damage.
Firefighters saw smoke coming from the area when they left the Sleepy Hollow Fire Station. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the overhead doors on the east side of the building and fire coming from the west side overhead doors. The firefighter forced open doors and found fire in several motor homes on the north end of the shop. The second crew on scene attacked the fire from the west side of the building. Together the crews were able to knock down a good portion of the fire. They were unable to hit all of the fire, because the motor homes were parked closely together. A pay loader was used to pull the burning motor homes out of the building so they could be completely extinguished.
Firefighters were able to contain the fire to the shop area and damage to the showroom was limited to smoke damage. Crews remained on scene for several hours to check for remaining embers and hotspots. No one was in the building at the time of the fire and no one was injured.
No damage estimate has been made at this time but damage to the building is expected to be at least $1,500,000 and the damage to content is expected to be at least $1,000,000.