(WCCO) Backus, Minn. A fire destroyed the Scamp
Trailers manufacturing plant in Backus, Minn. Friday night.
Fire crews from several neighboring towns were called in to help fight the fire, which started around 6 p.m.
Fire crews had to pump water from a nearby lake to help fight the fire.
Mayor Cloie Smith said the fire started after an explosion, but there is no official word on what caused the fire. She said the plant appears to be a complete loss.
There were no reports of injuries. Most of the employees had already gone home by the time the fire started.
This is the slow time of year, so production during this time is typically reduced to just the daytime hours. Most of the year, employees work around the clock, manufacturing the trailers.
Smith estimates the plant employs about 130 people. The town of Backus has only about 300 residents.
Backus is in Cass County, about 170 miles northwest of the Twin Cities.