Investigators are trying to pinpoint the cause of a fire north of Olds, Alta. that destroyed a barn which housed one of Alberta’s largest an extensive car and tractor collections.
Fire crews were called to the fire on Range Road 14 and Township Road 334 at around 3:45 p.m on Thursday.
When crews arrived they found a massive shop of approximately 40,000 sq. ft. “with smoke and flames end-to-end.”
Firefighters worked to control the fire for hours as fuel tanks could be heard exploding.
Officials said other structures including two homes nearby were threatened.
WATCH: A fire north of Olds, Alta. destroyed a barn which housed an extensive car and tractor collection Thursday. Kris Laudien reports.
No one was in the dairy barn at the time and no injuries have been reported.
There was some minor damage to firefighting equipment due to freezing conditions.
The barn and its contents, including vintage and one-of-a-kind automobiles, restored farm machinery, and collectibles were all lost.
The owner of the barn is Bert Curtiss, a longtime engine rebuilder.
Half of the dairy barn was being used as a storage building for the dozens of vehicles.
“It’s probably 45 years of my life down the drain, because this was the net result of that time. I have hundreds of thousands of hours in these vehicles,” Curtiss said. “It was definitely a shock. What do you do.”
Officials said damage from the fire is expected to be more than $3 million.
It was determined that the fire started near an area within the shop where a notable quantity of automotive paints was stored.
Officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire.
-With files from Kris Laudien