Crews battle Saturday morning fire in Flint

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FLINT (WJRT) - (11/11/17) - Fire crews spent multiple hours battling a fire in Flint at the corner of North Street and Wager Avenue.

Flint police officials tell ABC12 the structure was a vacant store that used to have apartments above it.

Firefighters saw thick smoke and some flames once arriving to the old building.

Lt. J. Hunt says he did not send firefighters inside for safety reasons, mainly because of how old the building is and how long it had been vacant. Firefighters protected the surrounding homes and another vacant house next to the building.

Flames were leaping about 20 feet into the air when our ABC12 camera started rolling. The initial call came in just after 9:30 Saturday morning.

People who live in the area say the building was vacant for more than two years. The only activity they recalled seeing would be people throwing trash and debris inside the building, which had a front door that was unlocked.

Fire officials have not determined what started the fire.

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