Fire at Shelter Products storage building claims inventory, car collection

NEW ULM – A building next to the Shelter Products Inc. plant on North Front Street was damaged in a fire Saturday afternoon. Firefighters from New Ulm and Courtland answered the fire call about 4 p.m. and brought the fire under control in less than an hour.

NUFD Assistant Fire Chief Aaron Wilfahrt said firefighters extinguished the fire relatively fast, saving much of the building, which was a pole barn style in the 800 block of North Front Street. A sprinkling system had been installed in portions of the building.

Early estimates place the damage as high as $1 million.

Building owner Duane Lambrecht, president of Shelter Products, said the building was used for storage. The building’s contents included inventory from Shelter Products, such as custom doors. Lambrecht also used the building as storage for a classic car collection with vehicles from ’30s, ’50s, and ’60s.

The fire marshal inspected the building Sunday, but no official cause for the fire has been released. Lambrecht said the building was fully insured and a report on the fire’s cause would likely be released in a week.

Shelter Products announced on the company’s web page that the fire did not effect the business and there will be no delays in shipping or filling of orders.

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