|A firefighter rolls up hoses Thursday at the Northern Lite camper factory, which was destroyed by fire on Wednesday. |
Experts from the Kelowna Fire Dept. spent about three hours combing the wreckage of the Northern Lite building Thursday. They plan to join two insurance investigators today, said Deputy Fire Chief Larry Hollier.
An excavator tore down walls to make it safe for people to enter the burned-out shell. Firefighters were still dousing hot spots more than 24 hours after the main fire was extinguished.
"Something that big will go for days. When (the roof) collapsed, voids were created. It burns underneath," Hollier said. "We can't go in and clean everything out at once just yet."
A deep-seeded fire ravaged the truck-camper factory on Totom Avenue after midnight Wednesday morning. No one was hurt but it gutted the 18,000-square-foot building and shut down the 20-year-old business.
Fourteen campers under construction and the company's four main molds were destroyed in the fire, said owner Mac Donkin. A dozen finished campers stored outside were removed by fork-lift.
Boat-maker Campion Marine has offerred to let Northern Lite staff use its factory to build 26 campers by May to fulfill a contract. Both companies use fibreglass, resin and similar tooling.