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June 20, 2007
This was the scene on Friday (bottom) after local firefighters had stopped flames from spreading any farther at the M.D.’s shop in Hughenden. The remains of a water truck are shown above. ©Provost News Photos.
3 Graders, Water Truck Lost as
M.D.’s Hughenden Shop Burns
Over $2 million worth of equipment and building were lost when a fire took out the M.D. Provost No. 52’s public works shop the night of June 14 in Hughenden.

The fire, of undetermined origin at press time was reported after 10 p.m. on Thursday night.

No injuries were reported.

Administrator of the M.D. Iris Larson said that the office was destroyed along with a storage part of the shop while a service area was “heavily damaged.”

One brand new grader received in 2007 and two other graders (one received in 2004 and the other in 2006) were destroyed as was a water truck, in the older portion of the building that was built in 1964.

A newer portion of the building where servicing took place was not destroyed but suffered heavy damage. Tires, filters and other inventory were also lost.
M.D. 52 councillor Jack Roworth told The Provost News that he was visiting at his son’s place when the call came in (his son is on one of the fire departments) and he accompanied him to Hughenden.

Roworth says it was a “big fire” and estimated there were 35 firefighters on the scene. “It was hot.”

Investigators from the Alberta Fire Commissioner’s office were scheduled to be on the scene Friday afternoon.

Roworth said he was told a nearby resident heard an explosion but it was not determined whether that sound occurred at or near the start of the fire, or later during the fire.

The shop building, one of two (the other is near the airport south of Provost) is used by M.D. workers for servicing machines and equipment, and storage.

Larson said she is not sure where maintenance will be done in the Hughenden area but thought some space could be rented or staff could work out of the other building in Provost for now.

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Wind Turbine Firm Still Gathers Data Here—But Busy Elsewhere
Airtricity Inc., a multi-national energy company says that it is still collecting data from three test towers in the region west of Provost but says it is turning its attention to projects in Manitoba for the time being.

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Stang Back on National Volleyball Team
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