Flames shoot out of gap in the door of a workshop on fire near Grier subdivision on Sunday evening, March 11. Although a final tally has not yet been done, the value of the loss, including tools and equipment, has been estimated at several hundred thousand dollars.

Flames shoot out of gap in the door of a workshop on fire near Grier subdivision on Sunday evening, March 11. Although a final tally has not yet been done, the value of the loss, including tools and equipment, has been estimated at several hundred thousand dollars.

Couple grateful in aftermath of fire

Workshop fire destroyed tools and equipment but nobody was injured in blaze

A workshop fire on Sunday evening, March 11, left property owners Diane and Carl Dekelver shaken but thankful for the help they received.

As reported in last week’s Times, Clearwater Volunteer Fire Department got called out to the fire at 9:27 that evening.

READ MORE: Firefighters called to shed on fire (Mar. 12, 2018)

A total of 11 firefighters from Clearwater plus seven from Blackpool responded.

Destroyed in the fire was a workshop approximately 24’ x 50’ in size, plus assorted tools and equipment inside.

Total losses have not yet been tallied up but likely will total several hundreds of thousands of dollars, said Diane Dekelver.

An insurance investigator still has not determined the cause of the fire.

Things could have been worse if her husband, Carl, had not run out in his bare feet to move a tractor that was between the workshop on fire and another shed, thereby saving the tractor plus possibly the shed.

“The boys and the girls (from the two fire departments) did an awesome job,” she said. She praised as well the RCMP officer who was on the scene, plus a BC Hydro linesman who waded through deep snow to reconnect the power to their house. Also on hand nearby was BC Ambulance car with two paramedics.

“Everyone was awesome,” said Diane Dekelver. “We’re just so thankful that no one was injured.”



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Flames destroy what little is left of a lean-to at the back of the shop that burned.

Flames destroy what little is left of a lean-to at the back of the shop that burned.

Firetrucks and hoses fill the yard during the fire. Quick work by the property owner, Carl Dekelver, likely saved the shop in the background plus a tractor that was between it and the shop that burned.

Firetrucks and hoses fill the yard during the fire. Quick work by the property owner, Carl Dekelver, likely saved the shop in the background plus a tractor that was between it and the shop that burned.

Following the fire, the remains of a 2017 Polaris Voyageur 550 snowmobile rest on the back of a 1999 Ford F250 Super Duty pickup. Also in the photo are what’s left of a snowmobile trailer, bucket truck and Kubota excavator.

Following the fire, the remains of a 2017 Polaris Voyageur 550 snowmobile rest on the back of a 1999 Ford F250 Super Duty pickup. Also in the photo are what’s left of a snowmobile trailer, bucket truck and Kubota excavator.