Cause of building fire still unknown
By Julie Snyder
Posted May 13, 2014
MOUNT CLEMENS — No one was injured during a three-alarm fire that broke out inside a multi-business complex on Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens May 4.
According to Mount Clemens Fire Department officials, firefighters were called to the complex located at 247 Cass at approximately 7 p.m. after a passerby observed heavy plumes of smoke coming from the building.
When firefighters arrived, the complex, which holds multiple businesses, including B-Fit Detroit and Angel’s Baseball Training Center, was completely engulfed. 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 the wall and roof collapsed, officials report.
Macomb County Sheriff Anthony Wickersham said his arson investigators were unable to start their investigation on May 5 because of unstable conditions. He said they were on the scene May 6 trying to determine a cause of the fire.
“I have a group of investigators out there now gathering information,” Wickersham said. “They will submit their report when they’re done. Right now, it’s unknown what caused the fire (or 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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