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Business fire deemed ‘suspicious’

May 15, 2014

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Fire investigators aren’t revealing much about the May 4 blaze that destroyed a business complex in Mount Clemens. At press time, Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said the fire has been ruled “suspicious.”

MOUNT CLEMENS — The cause of the May 4 blaze at a business complex in Mount Clemens is suspicious according to sheriff’s officials.

Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said fire investigators aren’t revealing much about the three-alarm fire, though he did say “it has been ruled suspicious.”

Fire crews responded to the building on Cass Avenue at approximately 7 p.m. after a passerby observed heavy plumes of smoke coming from inside. The building housed multiple businesses, including B-Fit Detroit, a physical fitness establishment, and Angel’s Baseball Training Center.

No injuries were reported.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, the complex was completely engulfed, according to one Mount Clemens fire official. A utility pole also caught on fire, and nearby residents were forced to leave their homes for a brief time because it appeared nearby poles would potentially fall, as well.

The fire was so significant that fire crews from Selfridge Air National Guard and Chesterfield, Clinton and Harrison townships arrived to assist.

The fire raged throughout the building, and a wall and the roof collapsed, officials reported. Wickersham said his investigators were unable to start their work to determine the cause of the fire until May 6 because of the unstable condition of the building.

Wickersham said samples of an unknown substance were sent out to the Michigan State Police crime lab for analysis. Results were not available at press time last week. The sheriff said he would not reveal yet where the fire originated.

About the author

Staff Writer Julie Snyder covers Harrison Township, Mount Clemens, Macomb County, L’Anse Creuse Public Schools, and Mount Clemens Community Schools for the Journal. She has worked for C & G Newspapers since 2003, and attended the University of Toledo with degrees in journalism and photography. Julie has received several awards for her work in Arizona and Washington, including AP awards in Arizona for breaking news reporting and feature writing.

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