Fire destroys shop at treatment plant

Employees are putting the pieces back together after a fire ravaged a DMG Oilfield Services shop west of Killdeer on March 2.



“We’ll be up and running, fully operational in a week and a half,” said Scott Lawrence, the co-owner of DMG Oilfield Services, which operates the liquid disposal treatment plant.

The company has already razed the building and the cleanup is ongoing. It plans to rebuild the shop, Lawrence said.

The fire started in the northeast corner of the shop, a 40-by-100 foot building, said Ryan Hauck, fire chief of the West Dunn Fire Protection District. The cause stemmed from a design flaw from the off-load shakers, Lawrence said.

An employee noticed the fire and on-site management, said Lawrence, who then contacted the fire department. There were six employees on location, including three in the shop, Lawrence said. Nobody was injured.

The fire department received the call at noon, Hauck said. When they arrived on location, about seven miles west of Killdeer, the building was already engulfed in flames. Black smoke darkened the mid-day sun and cloudless sky.

The department responded with a dozen firefighters, two pump trucks and three tankers. Dunn County also provided a tanker, Hauck said.

Killdeer Area Ambulance Service also responded with two ambulances, which were on standby.

For three hours, firefighters courageously battled the blaze and the smoke and the uncertainty.

In addition to the fire, the department had to contend with a tank battery of five upright tanks that was near the burning shop. A couple of the tanks contained oil, Hauck said.

“We had to keep the tanks cool and control the fire,” he said.

Firefighters doused the tanks with water to keep them cool. The damage was contained to the building.

The department cleared the scene at 3 p.m. Hauck said.

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