A massive fire at the former GM plant in Regina destroyed Kalron Construction‘s equipment, with a loss estimated at $1.5 million.
“There were gravel trucks in there,” general manager Tyler Dutka told the Regina Leader-Post. “There were nine Bobcats, there were attachments. Hundreds and hundreds of items for sure. the equipment can be replaced; its the other stuff that’s going to be tough to try to save.”
The “other stuff” includes dealing with the fire’s aftermath and getting employees back to work.
“There’s some guys at home right now that we can’t put to work because their trucks are in there, they’re burned,” Dutka said. “We’ve got a tight-knit group and you just think of their families and if we have to lay people off. If not, right now we’re still working. With the fleet we have now, we’re skimpy.”
Dutka recalls receiving a phone call about the shop being on fire. He said they were able to salvage two of their trucks before everything was completely engulfed in flames.
“There were two trucks pulled out. One, was our old 1980 Mack and one was our Dodge… Our trucks were pulled outside, and I pulled them off to the side and watched it burn,” he said.
The cause of the fire is still unknown.