Friberg Construction suffered a total loss of their warehouse and office building due to a morning fire back in June 2017. Included in the losses was a 1-ton pickup and a dump truck stored in the building according to owner John Friberg. No injuries were reported and no one was in the building at the time.
The building was located at the east end of Aldergrove Road alongside I-5.
But now, after spending the last year wrangling with their insurance company and dealing with new rules involved in the City of Ferndale permiting process, Friberg has begun rebuilding at the same location.
According to Friberg, the building will be the same size as the original building but will be a steel building. The original building, 25-years-old at the time of the fire, was a pole building constructed using wood supports. The new building will also have a fire suppression water sprinkler system, something the previous building lacked.
While the building will be the same size, Friberg says he is putting offices at each end with the option of separating the warehouse area into two separate spaces in the event he may want to lease out 1 or both halves of the building in the future.
Friberg said, although it was never officially determined to be the cause, he is convinced corroded battery wires on a dump truck in the warehouse overheated and caused the fire.
Friberg hopes to move into the new building sometime in June.