Family tire recycling business destroyed
R.G., Inc., a family-run tire recycling
business in Gwinner, North Dakota,
was destroyed in a massive fire.
The fire, the cause of which was
undetermined, was reported by a passerby
around 3 a.m. according to Sherriff
Travis Paeper. He also let it be
known that there were no casualties,
and that the extreme cold hampered
efforts to fight the fire by causing
equipment to freeze.
Complicating the firefighting effort
was the fuel stockpiled inside of
the buildings. Tires and between
6 to 8 propane cylinders fueled the
30 to 40 foot flames that resulted
in a total loss of the facilities.
The owner, Kim Beckstrom, estimated
the monetary loss to be in the hundreds
of thousands of dollars. His 17 employees
will continue to be paid, and will
be called in to help with the cleanup