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
Helgesen designs and manufactures hydraulic tank reservoirs and
fluid conditioning devices which can be customized for
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 was back to normal (Friday) morning,” she said.
The Slinger Fire Department also responded.