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May 13, 2014

Cause of building fire still unknown

By Julie Snyder
C & G Staff Writer

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A three-alarm fire destroyed this commercial building on Cass Avenue in Mount Clemens May 4. At press time, investigators were still trying to determine a cause.

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).”

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