Smoke from fire at abandened apartment complex seen across Genesee County

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MT. MORRIS TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - UPDATE: (04/19/17) - Tuesday's wind was the fire crews' worst enemy battling a multi-building fire.

The fire actually started in a building at the back corner and quickly moved next door.

You can no longer see those buildings, they've both been leveled from the fire. An excavator also arrived on scene to level the remaining damaged buildings.

Crews were also dealing with a natural gas leak that kept one flame strong throughout the operation.

Consumers Energy crews were on scene working to find that line.

Another challenge - the four hydrants on the property are inactive so they had to drag hoses across Clio Road to get water on scene.

Because these buildings have been abandoned for 7-8 years, no one was injured.

It's not clear yet what started the fire, but because no other utilities were on and because they've had other problems here in the past, the Mount Morris Township Fire Chief is calling this suspicious.

Chief Rick Johnson explained, "Right now, this is so much in its infancy. We've had some problems here in the past. We were here a couple months ago and they had a large brush fire going. We were able to knock that down, but this isn't the first time something's happened back here. Kind of sad we can't get these buildings taken down because they've become an invitation for hooligans to do their thing."

Ten or more departments from Genesee County were on hand assisting with the fire.

(04/18/17) - A massive fire at an old apartment complex in Mt. Morris Township has left crews fighting flames for four hours.

Ten departments are at the scene in the 4000 block of Clio Road.

Because these buildings have been abandoned for 7-8 years, no one was injured.

Mt. Morris Township Fire Chief Rick Johnson says the fire should be out in the next few hours. You're encouraged to continue avoiding the area. Clio road is still shut down between Pasadena and Stewart.

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