The Glenburn Fire Department lost its building and six trucks in an early morning fire Saturday. Lance Johnson, fire district board vice president and firefighter, said the department responded to a call at 5 a.m. Area fire departments from Lansford, Maxbass and the Minot Air Force Base assisted. “Smoke was rolling out of the building pretty hard,” Johnson said of the scene when firefighters arrived. “Black smoke. Everybody had to go in with air packs.”
Although the building’s walls and roof remain, Johnson said, the structure is considered a total loss due to the damage. The fire also damaged a large pumper truck, a tanker, three grass fire units and a rescue truck. It is unknown at this time whether the vehicles with lesser damage might be salvageable, Johnson said. Area departments have offered to loan equipment in the interim as the Glenburn department seeks to restore or replace equipment. Johnson said the department carries insurance, but it is uncertain whether insurance will cover full replacement costs.