(01/30/14) - Flint fire fighters were busy early Thursday morning when two fires
broke out within minutes of each other.
At one point, every fire fighter on duty was pressed into service and other departments still had to lend a hand.
It began just after 3 a.m., when the call went out for a house fire on Brentwood Drive near McLaren Flint. Just a few minutes later, other units were sent to JB's Night Club for a report of smoke filling the building.
Just the walls are left standing at the nigh club on South Dort Highway. Flames were shooting through the roof when firefighters arrived.
Flint fire officials quickly realized this was more than they could handle and the call for assistance went out to Mt. Morris and Grand Blanc. An aerial truck from Grand Blanc poured water onto the roof while other firefighters took defensive positions outside the building.
Near by, at Star Trucking company, workers had to move part of the fleet to prevent heat damage.
Dort Highway was closed for several hours while the fire was fought.
Although early morning temperatures hovered near zero, frozen hydrants were not a problem. Firefighters, on the other hand, were chilled to the bone.
"Cold weather fire fighting is stressful to the firefighters. Our men and women are handling it pretty good," Cox said.
"The fire is being looked at today by arson investigators. They will be looking at it, seeing if they see anything that might arouse their suspicions and interviewing the people who were in the building because from what I understand there were two people in the building when the fire started," said Donald Cox, Flint Fire Chief.
On Brentwood, the cause appears to be accidental, perhaps a problem with the fireplace.
No one was hurt at either location.
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