The Steinbach Fire Department was called to the window manufacturer at approximately 2:30 pm. By then, the building was evacuated.
“Usually if we are getting a call at Loewen there is potential for a large fire,” says Fire Chief Kel Toews.
Toews says when they arrived on scene they determined the fire was coming from within a wood hopper.
“It was quickly extinguished,” he notes. “Fire damage was contained basically to that room.”
Toews notes the fire set off the sprinkler system and as a result there is water damage in the room below.
Jon Sawatzky is Director of Product and Marketing at Loewen. He says they are still waiting to hear the official cause of the fire and the extent of damage. But, he says damage appears minimal.
“Our staff did an incredible job of following protocol, which helped to keep everyone safe and we’re already back in operation, we’re thrilled and relieved to say that nobody was hurt,” said Sawatzky on Wednesday shortly after 4 pm.
“We also want to acknowledge and express our gratitude to the Steinbach Fire Department, Southern Health Emergency Medical Services, and the RCMP for the quick response in keeping us safe,” adds Sawatzky.