A massive fire on Winnipeg St at the G-M building in Regina stretched crews on Monday night, but the quick work of First Responders stopped a bad situation from getting much worse.
Regina Fire Department crews were called to the scene shortly after 9:30 P.M.
It took fire crews just four minutes to get to the scene of the old GMC building, and because of the quick response, they were able to contain the blaze into just the central unit where officials believe it may have began.
Fire chief Layne Jackson said they had 7 crews, including 30 personnel on the ground, which allowed them to take up a defensive stance against the fire.
Quick work by fire personnel allowed them to save upwards of 90 per cent of the rest of the industrial building.
Jackson said the investigation into the fire continues, with no cause yet known. He adds the damage estimate won’t be known until insurance agencies finish their file.
Regina Police blocked off the area and evacuated nearby businesses. Power was shut down in the area for safety reasons.
The Old GM plant in Regina has a history dating back to 1928,
However, the Great Depression forced its closure but General Motors re-opened it for the 1931 model year.
The plant manufactured cars and trucks until the Second World War in 1941 forced it to shift from civilian to military production.
After the government acquired the building, and it was called Regina Industries Ltd.
After the war, the Department of National Defense used parts of the building until the mid-1960s. It was no longer used to produce passenger vehicles.
The province took over the building in 1967 – since then, a myriad of different tenants have used the facility.
(with files from Michael Lumsden)