Major fire destroys Cavalier Bar, apartments in downtown Corunna

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CORUNNA (WJRT) (7/11/2018) - An historic building in downtown Corunna is in ruins after a major fire destroyed a bar and multiple apartments.

Videos from the scene show the upper floor of a two-story building in the 100 block of Shiawassee Street engulfed in flames. Firefighters from several departments responded to the scene.

Firefighters were called the building for reports of a window air conditioning unit on fire in an upstairs apartment, said Corunna-Caledonia Fire Chief Scott Johnson.

Flames were pouring from windows on the upper floors and roof before fire crews arrived.

"This one got away from us way too fast," Johnson said.

The fire spread throughout the building and caused it to collapse onto a neighboring single-story building. Excavators were on the scene during the afternoon demolishing what was left so firefighters could access hot spots.

Johnson said the fire was contained to the Cavalier Bar building, although some burning embers briefly ignited spot fires on the roof of other buildings in the block.

A Michigan State Police fire investigator was at the scene Wednesday, but could not determine a cause for the fire. State Police Lt. David Kaiser said the fire is not suspicious.

It was not immediately clear whether the upstairs apartment where the fire potentially started was occupied at the time.

No injuries were reported.

Consumers Energy cut power to part of downtown Corunna and crews were planning to shut off natural gas service, as well.

Most fire departments in Shiawassee County responded to the downtown fire, as well as a separate grass fire burning just outside Corunna. Fire departments from neighboring counties were called in to help.

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