Fire Chief said garage fires most likely accidental: Two blazes in the past week

Fire investigators Wednesday afternoon were thinking the garage fire on North 2nd West was accidental in nature. Photo by Ernie Over

Riverton Fire Department Chief Henri De Clercq said a preliminary investigation has led firefighters to believe the fire Wednesday morning on North 2nd West was accidental in nature. Late Wednesday afternoon, DeClercq said investigators were leaning in that direction.

The fire consumed a large metal garage and shop and its contents, including an ATV, Snowmobiles, a motorcycle and a pickup truck that was being restored.

As firefighters arrived Wednesday, the sound of ammunition cooking off filled the air. DeClercq said when firefighters entered the structure, there were bullets and brass everywhere on the floor. He said firefighters put the fire down quickly, but were on the scene for at least three hours, while investigators stayed on the scene until early evening. 


It was the second garage fire in a row, earlier last week a garage and outbuilding in the 600 block of East Park was consumed by flames. DeClercq said that fire was accidental in nature and started in a structure attached to the garage in a battery charger or in an ATV battery, so he chocked it up to equipment failure.