Firefighters battle blaze at Auction Addict’s Attic – News – Ionia Sentinel – Standard-Ionia, MI
IONIA – No injuries were reported in a fire in the attic of Auction Addict in Ionia on Wednesday, according to the city’s Department of Public Security.
At around 4:15 p.m. on September 9, the Ionia Department of Public Safety was sent on a business fire, said John Odette, deputy director of the Ionia DPS.
The fire was in the attic of Auction Addict, 524 W. Lincoln Ave., in Ionia. Officials still have no cause for the fire.
When firefighters arrived, there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the front of the building, Odette said. Ionia DPS asked several fire departments in the Ionia district for mutual help.
The fire was extremely harsh because the building was made up of three former businesses with multiple walls and rooms and two separate metal roofs, Odette said.
“It was outside fire, difficult to attack,” said Odette. “It was an outside fire because of the extent of the fire and the collapse of the metal roof.”
No injuries were reported to firefighters or the general public. The shop was open at the time of the fire and people were working in the western half of the building.
Odette stated that the building is a total loss.
The next step is securing the building for the owners and the insurance company. Ionia DPS will conduct a fire investigation to determine the cause and origin.
“Our fire investigator will likely work with the insurance company’s fire investigator,” said Odette.
The Belding fire department, the Orleans fire department, the Ronald Township fire department, the Saranac fire department, the Lyon-Muir fire department, the Berlin-Orange fire department, the Ionia district sheriff’s office, the Life EMS ambulance service and the Ionia County victim attorneys supported Ionia DPS on the ground.
There were at least 30 firefighters on site.
Auction Addict’s Attic posted on its Facebook page Thursday morning that no one was injured.
“I cannot put into words my gratitude for the work these firefighters did yesterday,” the post said. “You did a great job preventing the fire from spreading to the neighbors’ house, which is so close to the back of the store.”
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