Blaze roars through Enderby area barn

A stubborn blaze became a full-time job for Enderby’s volunteer firefighters.

A stubborn blaze became a full-time job for Enderby’s volunteer firefighters.

An 11-person team spent more than eight hours  tackling a fire that roared through a barn/workshop on Dunwoodie Road just after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday.

“They put in 150 per cent,” said fire chief Kevin Alstad of the crew.

“They didn’t stop until it was done.”

The structure was fully involved when the firefighters arrived at the site on Splats’in First Nation lands.

“Shortly after we got there, the roof came down,” said Alstad.

Water had to be trucked in but the biggest challenge was the amount of material inside the building.

“There was a tractor, welders and household goods,” said Alstad.

“Packed around it was hay bales and we had to pull the bales out and they were all on fire. Some were green inside so we had to peel them apart to get inside them to the fire.”

Hot spots forced the firefighters to visit the property a couple of times during the day.

The cause of the blaze is undetermined.

“There is way too much damage and too much stuff there. It’s too hard to tell,” said Alstad of trying to pinpoint the source of ignition.