No one hurt after fire hits Ionia Co. business

ORANGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Firefighters from multiple departments battled a large commercial building fire west of Portland Sunday night.

The fire was at Reed & Hoppes Towing & Equipment on East Grand River Avenue near Sunfield Highway in Orange Township, according to Ionia County Central Dispatch. Thick smoke and flames could be seen rising from the business, which was still burning as of 11 p.m.

Firefighters work to stop a fire at Reed & Hoppes Sunday night (Photo Courtesy Ionia DPS; March 2, 2014).
Firefighters work to stop a fire at Reed & Hoppes Sunday night (Photo Courtesy Ionia DPS; March 2, 2014).

The fire was put out sometime early Monday morning. The fire departments from Berlin-Orange, Portland, and Lyons/Muir and other municipalities responded.

No one was inside the business when the fire broke out, the owner’s daughter told 24 Hour News 8, and no one was hurt. An employee with the company told 24 Hour News 8 while it’s a devastating loss, the company will be open for business. The employee said the building that was on fire was their salvage yard building. It did have equipment and trucks inside.

Firefighters work to stop a fire at Reed & Hoppes Sunday night (Photo Courtesy Ionia DPS; March 2, 2014).
Firefighters work to stop a fire at Reed & Hoppes Sunday night (Photo Courtesy Ionia DPS; March 2, 2014).

Reed & Hoppes was established in 1947, according to its website. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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