Fire causes $1 million-plus in damage to Engelstad Arena

A fire broke out Sunday afternoon in Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, N.D., causing significant damage to electronic equipment and arena ice.

Smoke damage also occurred throughout the building.

“From a venue perspective, we’re assessing the damage and attempting to determine the cause of the fire,” arena director of events and marketing Chris Semrau told the Grand Forks Herald. “Nobody was hurt and the fire was exhausted quickly.”

Grand Forks Fire Department Capt. Bruce Weymier said damage to the sound system and building is estimated to be anywhere from $1 million to 1.5 million. Weymier said a set of drop-down speakers was the origin of the fire and it spread to the catwalk area of the building.

The cause of the fire will be investigated by electricians, the Grand Forks Fire Department and the N.D. State Fire Marshal.