Helgesen fire causes ‘minimal damage’

By JOE VANDELAARSCHOT  - Daily News

 Sept. 13, 2014

HARTFORD - Firefighters responded at about 7 p.m. Thursday to a report of a fire at Helgesen Industries, 7261 Highway 60, Hartford.

Traffic on the highway was blocked until about 8 p.m. while crews worked to put out the blaze.

Hartford Deputy Fire Chief Craig Semler said Helgesen employees were trying to put out the fire in a ventilation shaft on the roof when his department arrived.

“They had gotten a start in putting it out and we finished the job,” Semler said. “The fire was caused by their washing system overheating and then a fire getting into the vent to the roof.”

Semler called the fire “relatively minor.” “It was really the roof that was burning,” Semler said.

Helgesen was in the top 10 of Washington County’s largest employers in 2013 with about 350 workers, according to state records.

Helgesen designs and manufactures hydraulic tank reservoirs and fluid conditioning devices which can be customized for industrial applications.

Helgesen serves industries worldwide including construction, energy, mining and defense. According to the company’s website, Helgesen’s European operations are based in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Asia operations in Tianjin, China, and most recently South American operations in Boituva, Brazil.

Helgesen’s Human Resources Director Jennifer Anfinson said the fire caused “minimal damage and only had a minimal impact on production.”

“Production was back to normal (Friday) morning,” she said.

The Slinger Fire Department also responded.