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May 15, 2014

Business fire deemed ‘suspicious’

By Julie Snyder
C & G Staff Writer

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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.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Julie Snyder at jsnyder@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1039.