Fire destroys rural Buxton hangar, planes

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Posted: Friday, April 7, 2017 6:05 am

Rural BUXTON, N.D. – Fire destroyed a metal hangar building housing two airplanes, two RoGator sprayers and other equipment owned by a Buxton crop-spraying business Wednesday morning.

Central Valley Aviation owner Greg Troftgruben said he was onsite at his aviation business at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday and didn’t detect any signs of fire on the property.

Thirty-five minutes later, after exiting a shop building, he could see smoke billowing from his nearby 120-by-60-foot hangar.

Firefighters from Buxton, Reynolds, Hillsboro and Mayville battled the blaze for more than two hours before exiting the scene.

Troftgruben said the airplanes and RoGators had fuel and oil in them but no chemicals were present in the hangar.

“The chemicals were the biggest concern for the firefighters but they did a great job putting out the fire,” he said. “I really want to commend all of them.”

In addition to the airplanes and RoGators, a truck, a family boat and other personal belongings were present in the 10-year-old hangar at the time of the fire, Troftgruben said.

Troftgruben, who’s been an aerial applicator since 1978 and the owner of Central Valley Aviation since 1990, said he didn’t expect Wednesday’s fire to prevent him from serving farmers this spring.

Although his busy season and spring planting in the Red River Valley are weeks away, Troftgruben said he’d make arrangements to secure an airplane and crop-spraying equipment if needed.

“I could get one tomorrow if I need one. It’s just a hassle to get everything sorted out,” he said.

The cause of Wednesday’s fire has not been determined and no injuries were reported in connection with the blaze.

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