La Broquerie fire crews responded to an early morning fire at the HyLife Fleet Maintenance Building, approximately one mile northwest of La Broquerie. 

Chief Alain Nadeau says they were called at 4:26am Saturday morning to the buildings at the intersection of roads 41E and 36N. 

He notes the two buildings are connected by a hallway, with the north building in flames when they arrived. 

Nadeau says the second building quickly caught fire and that roof collapsed shortly after they got on scene. 

He adds that it was a long morning with the cold weather and light wind. Approximately 15 fire fighters responded to the call. 

Burned building during daylight hours.Fire destroyed the HyLife Fleet Maintenance Building early Saturday morning.

Nadeau expresses appreciation for the Giroux tanker attending the call to help with the water supply. 

Most of the crews returned to the fire hall before noon, with one truck staying behind. 

There is a possibility that firefighters will need to return to the scene if hotspots appear. 

In a statement issued Saturday morning, HyLife reported that there were no employees or animals inside the buildings when the fire broke out. 

“We want to thank the local fire department for their response. This facility was used to maintain trucks. Our team has been on-site to assess the damage, which is beyond repair. HyLife Leadership is currently focused on executing a solid transition plan for our fleet maintenance.” 

As for the cause of the fire, the Office of the Fire Commissioner is still investigating.

Burned building during daylight hours.Fire crews left the scene before noon. The cause of the fire has not been determined. (Photo Credit: Jake Teichroeb)

-With files from Corny Rempel.