Crews battle downtown Lapeer structure fire

The fire appears to have started early Saturday morning in an empty building next to the Lapeer Vision Centers
Updated: Jun. 5, 2021 at 9:36 AM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - (6/5/2021 UPDATED 6/6/2021) Multiple crews battled a structure fire affecting at least six businesses on Nepessing Street in downtown Lapeer on Saturday, June 5.

Officials tell us businesses were empty and the surrounding apartments were evacuated, but a firefighter was hospitalized. It’s unclear why.

The fire seems to have started early Saturday morning, in an empty building next to the Lapeer County Vision Centers. Our crew on the scene says at least three surrounding businesses are affected.

Fire departments in Lapeer, Metamora, Imlay City, Elba, Deerfield, Oxford and Davison worked to contain the blaze. At least two buildings were still burning into the afternoon. Officials tell us they were demolished — the damage beyond repair.

The apartments next-door to the blaze are still standing, but the extent to which they were affected is still unclear.

This comes as the state Department of Natural Resources shows the fire risk for much of Mid-Michigan is “very high” to “extreme” Saturday and Sunday. That means fires start quickly, spread furiously and burn intensely. The dry conditions and wind had firefighters battling the flames for hours.

Stay with ABC12 as we work to learn more.

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