This is all that is left of the Leseberg shop this morning after last night’s fire. (June Bonasera photo)
(Dubois, Wyo.) – No cause has yet been determined for a fire that raced through a shop and garage last night on the east end of Dubois.
A call came in to the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department at 7:38 p.m. Monday night reporting a structure fire at 1547 Highway 26. The call was from a person in a vehicle passing the scene on highway 26/287. According to Dubois Fire Chief Mike Franchini, the first units on the scene “found a very large shop building well involved in fire.” The building, owned by the Leseberg family, is located east of town, and south and east of the Dubois Medical Clinic and Rodeo Arena.
Responding units utilized standard firefighting procedures, but were hampered by night, cold temperatures, ice and freezing lines. Franchini noted that temperatures were below zero. He stated, “We were able to save the eastern most portion of the building which contained several vehicles, but there was overall substantial property loss”.
Initially, the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department responded with a total of 2 engines, 3 water tenders, and 1 rescue truck. Numerous explosions occurred and 2 mutual aid engines, 4 mutual aid water tenders and 1 air unit were dispatched from the Fremont County Fire District. A total of 14 Dubois personnel and 18 Fremont County Fire District personnel were on the scene. The fire was under control by approximately 10:30 p.m. and units cleared the scene at 1:24 a.m.
Franchini stated that the Dubois Volunteer Fire Department sent 1 engine and 1 water tender unit to the fire this morning with a total of 6 personnel to finish mopping up hot spots.
The fire is under investigation by the Wyoming State Fire Marshall’s Office.