Fire breaks out at abandoned Greenville warehouse

Firefighters battle a blaze at an abandoned warehouse in Greenville, Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017. (Chuck Russel/ReportIt)


GREENVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — Firefighters battled a blaze at an abandoned warehouse in Greenville early Tuesday morning.

Montcalm County dispatchers told 24 Hour News 8 that they received a call shortly after 11:30 p.m. Monday about the fire in the 700 block of Ranney Drive at the former Northland Refrigeration plant site.

When emergency crews arrived, flames were seen coming out of the roof. Due to the age of the building, firefighters had to take a defensive strategy and couldn’t enter the building.

“We have trained and had a plan in place for this building in the past, just like we have with other industrial places in the city. When the call came in, just implementing that plan, getting units in proper position and using defensive strategy to keep fire from spreading from where it began,” Greenville Public Safety Lt. Brian Blomstrom.

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Firefighters said nearly one-third of the building collapsed.

At 6:45 a.m., crews were still on scene as smoke billowed from the abandoned warehouse. Firefighters expected to be there for several hours.

There are no reports of injuries and it’s unknown what sparked the blaze.

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