Heather Schaefer/River News
Firefighters from several local fire departments worked together Sunday morning, May 12, 2019, to extinguish a fire at the Trigís Trucking & Recycling facility at 5070 Grossman Avenue in the town of Pelican, just outside of the Rhinelander city limits.
5/13/2019 3:52:00 PM Trig's trucking facility catches fire
Heather Schaefer and Jamie Taylor Of the River News
The Trig's Trucking & Recycling facility at 7050 Grossman Avenue in the town of Pelican, just outside Rhinelander, was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning.
According to Kindl Furtak of T.A. Solberg Company, Trig's parent company, smoke was seen coming from the facility at approximately 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
"The fire started in the recycling area, but the cause is still unknown at this time," Furtak said in a press release. "No one was injured, however the Trucking & Recycling Facility has been lost."
"Trig's Central Bakery, which is connected to Trig's Trucking & Recycling Facility, was not directly damaged by the fire, but there is some level of water and smoke damage at the Bakery, the release states. Trig's associates will not be able to reenter the Bakery until the CO2 has cleared and it is known to be safe. All associates who work in these facilities will be offered positions at other locations until they are able to return to their jobs at Central Bakery."
"The most important thing is that everyone is safe. We are very fortunate to have a team that can accomplish great things, even in the face of adversity," said Bob Jaskolski, President & COO of T.A. Solberg Co., Inc. "This group really pulls together when they need to get things done and we have a number of great resources with our in-store bakeries so I am confident that we will be able to overcome this obstacle and take care of our guests."
Numerous local fire departments, including Pelican, Pine Lake, Rhinelander, Sugar Camp, Newbold, Cassian, Crescent, Lake Tomahawk, Monico, Eagle River, Three Lakes, Stella, and the Little Rice canteen, responded to the fire and were on scene for several hours.
Tom Waydick, assistant chief at the Rhinelander Fire Department, said extinguishing a fire inside a metal building was challenging.
"Just the fire load being in a metal-framed building with a metal roof, we had to get access to the bales of cardboard and plastic that were inside," Waydick said in an interview Monday. "That's why we had to call in an excavator to open up the roof and walls to get at those bales of cardboard."
The exact cause of the fire may not be determined, he added.
"We don't know if we ever will (know the cause) just due to the damage and what we had to do to protect the bakery side of the building," Waydick said, adding that the bakery sustained only smoke and water damage.
Waydick noted that the location of the building and the need for a steady water supply led to the call for other fire departments to provide mutual aid.
"We had to have a lot of them come in with their tankers and tenders because we were limited in city water access," Waydick said. "We had to run a line about 1,000 feet to the closest hydrant, and due to the fire load, we had to have more water than that hydrant could provide. So we set up a tanker shuttle, and with the tanker shuttle we were able to maintain a water supply throughout the incident."
Furtak said the Trig's organization is grateful to the firefighters.
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