Hidden Bay Graphics screen printing and embroidery plans to re-open operations within two weeks at their former location on Dyno Drive after a fire destroyed the business’s new facility at Highway B and Hall of Fame Drive in Hayward Tuesday evening, Oct. 1.
Co-owner Becky Neibert said the business employs 17 people. All employees had left work at 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, she said. The fire was reported by a passerby at 6:17 p.m.
Neibert said insurance adjustors are on scene today (Wednesday) to start their investigation.
“We are going to try to get equipment here as soon as we can and operate out of the old building” on Dyno Drive, she said. “Hopefully we will be up and running again within a couple weeks.”
Neibert said the fire department was able to retrieve some computers from the fire. “Other than those few computers, everything is gone,” she said.
Hidden Bay Graphics opened at their new location on Highway B on Jan. 7 this year, after purchasing the former Loggers Mill on Highway B, and starting the remodel in August, 2018.
Director of Sales and Marketing Tami Rusch said the business is still able to help customers with all their promotional needs since products are decorated off-site.
City of Hayward Fire Chief Mike Herrmann was the first firefighter to respond to the fire scene at Hidden Bay Tuesday evening, using his personal vehicle. The building was “fully involved and the fire was already through the roof by the time we got there,” he said. “When I arrived, the smoke was so heavy you could not see down Highway B. We closed Highway B because of the smoke and to keep people out of the fire scene. We had to use the hydrant across the highway, and had hoses going across the street.”
Herrmann said about 12 firefighters responded from the City of Hayward and 10 from the Town of Hayward. Also providing fire trucks and personnel were Bass Lake, Stone Lake, Round Lake, Cable and Exeland. “We probably had 45 guys there,” Herrmann said.
Also, a citizen provided a pickup truck to pull six boats on trailers, parked next door at M & M Rental, away from the burning building.
Firefighters were on scene until 11 p.m., Herrmann said.
He said the fire appeared to have started 20 feet to the back and 20 feet to the side from the main entrance. “That’s where it was through the roof first.
“There were multiple ceilings in there, which kind of hampered our fire suppression,” Herrmann said. "The trusses burned off above those ceilings and then the roof collapsed. We used an excavator to pull the rest of it apart to get in and overhaul it (the fire).”
Herrmann said fire personnel stayed on scene after the fire was out and helped haul out file cabinets, records, things of value that the owner wanted.”
Herrmann gave “kudos to the city’s water system.” Public Works Director John McCue ramped up the pumps from the wells to provide water to the towers for the fire department’s aerial ladder tower and other hoses used by the firefighters.
“The city has a great water supply,” Herrmann said.