Williston fire fighters responded to a large fire at an industrial welding shop north of town early Tuesday afternoon.

The shop, reported as Riverside Welding, is located along 16th avenue northwest and 42nd street northwest. Riverside Welding called to report a fire had started inside its facility near the boiler room, and that smoke and fire were present. All individuals inside Riverside Welding were able to evacuate without injury.

A call for mutual aid was sent out by Williams County/Williston Emergency Management, Williston Rural Fire Department, and City of Williston Public Works. City of Williston Police Department responded on scene to assist with traffic flow around the area.

Command was established by WFD Unit 508 upon arrival and WFD units responded with an offensive fire attack initially.

When the building began showing signs of collapse, all units were evacuated and WFD switched to defensive fire operations. All personnel were able to evacuate without injury.

WRFD responded with a command unit, two engines, and personnel. Public Works responded with a sand truck and personnel to help control water flow and ice formation. WFD responded with two aerial apparatuses, two engines, Heavy Rescue, Engine Tender 15, HAZMAT 1, and an ambulance.

At 1:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, the fire was considered contained and WFD units remained on scene to extinguish residual fire and perform scene cleanup. Public Works was also on scene assisting with cleanup. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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