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Posted on: May 22, 2020

[ARCHIVED] No injuries in suspicious abandoned factory fire

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Incident number: 2020-02672
Type of emergency: Structure Fire - Commercial
Incident date: May 21, 2020
Alarm time: 9:02 pm
Address/location: 27 Fonda Ave

Occupied? No
Owner: Undetermined

Probable cause (if known): Intentional
Structure type: 2 Story Commercial/Factory
Construction type: Masonry/Steel
Estimated property damage: Undetermined
Estimated contents damage: None
Location/extent of damage: Elevator Shaft

Hazardous materials involved: NA
Specialized rescues: NA
Vehicles involved, if any: NA

Injuries: None
Fatalities: None

Other information: The Battle Creek Fire Department was dispatched to black smoke coming from a factory on Fonda Ave.  Rescue 3 and Car 3 arrived four minutes later to find flames showing from the roof of an elevator shaft at an abandoned factory.  A defensive fire position was initially established due to the condition of the building.  Car 3 assumed command.  Rescue 3 extended a large diameter hand line to begin extinguishing the fire.  Engine 2 assisted with the fire attack while Rescue 4 utilized a hydrant for water supply.  Truck 6 assisted with forcible entry and roof operations.  Squad 6 was the safety officer.  The fire was extinguished in 40 minutes with no injuries reported. 

The fire is suspicious with no cause determined.  The Battle Creek Police Department is investigating a report that children were seen running from the structure at the time of alarm.  If anyone has information on this fire, please call fire department headquarters at 269-966-3519.

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