None injured after transformer fire near ICON Sports Center

The fire took place late Thursday afternoon, April 19.

Burnt transformer, which caught on fire after being struck by a vehicle at the Icon Sports Center on Thursday, April 19.
Sav Kelly / Grand Forks Herald

GRAND FORKS — No one was injured in a fire near ICON Sports Center late Thursday afternoon, April 19.

According to Chuck Marcott, battalion chief at the Grand Forks Fire Department, a vehicle struck a pad-mounted transformer, which then caught fire.

“Xcel Energy came and disconnected electrical power to it, and then we were able to put the fire out,” Marcott said.

Preliminary investigation indicates the vehicle was a 2013 Chevy Equinox, driven by 89-year-old Norma Haley, according to a press release from the Grand Forks Police Department.

On scene, Haley and her juvenile passenger were seen by Altru, and it was determined neither of them sustained any injuries from the crash.


“Everybody is fine,” Marcott said.

The fire department was dispatched to the facility, located at 1060 47th Ave. S., around 3:40 p.m., according to a news release.

While there was no fire damage to the facility, the incident shut off power to the building, the release said.

In a Facebook post, the Grand Forks Parks District said the building was evacuated and no injuries were reported.

The facility was closed for the rest of the day and Thursday, April 20.

The GFFD responded with three engines and one command vehicle. The department had 10 personnel on scene. GFFD was assisted by the GFPD, Altru Ambulance, Xcel Energy, Grand Forks Public Works and Grand Forks Park District personnel.

Sav Kelly joined the Grand Forks Herald in August 2022.

Kelly covers public safety, including local crime and the courts system.

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