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Fire reported at furniture store on Dort Highway in Flint

Published: Apr. 21, 2021 at 2:14 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - Fire crews extinguished flames outside a furniture store in Flint that spread indoors on Wednesday afternoon.

The fire was reported just before 2 p.m. at the Unclaimed Freight Furniture Warehouse in the 2000 block of South Dort Highway near Lippincott Boulevard.

Smoke was pouring from the building when the Flint Fire Department arrived on the scene. Crews stretched hoselines inside the building to knock down the flames. All fire units left the scene around 4 p.m.

The fire caused heavy damage to the rear of the building at the loading dock and on the roof. Flint Fire Department Battalion Chief Mark Kovach said the fire appears to have started in the back and spread.

Three employees told fire investigators they were inside working on assembling some furniture when they looked outside and saw some furniture had caught fire near the loading dock area. They tried putting out the flames with a fire extinguisher and called 911 when it was not successful.

Kovach said the fire spread through the soffit vent and got to the inside of the store, but most of the interior was undamaged. The three employees were able to get away unharmed.

Investigators were still working to determine what sparked the fire in the furniture outdoors.

Kovach doesn’t believe Wednesday’s fire is related to a spate of vacant business fires in Flint last weekend. Those buildings all were unoccupied and located at least a couple miles north of the Unclaimed Freight Furniture Warehouse.

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