Saline Firefighters knocked down a fire at the Dollar General store on the 400 block of E. Michigan Ave. Saturday night.
There were no injuries, said firefighter Brandon Sears. Damage was substantial, but early indications are that firefighters were able to prevent damage to adjoining businesses like Come Dancing and Stony Lake Brewing Co.
Firefighters were dispatched to the scene at 9:44 p.m.
“We pulled up and saw light smoke coming from the roof on the south and east corner and heavy smoke in the building, where the lights were on,” Sears said. “The smoke was thick enough where you couldn’t see the flames until you got deep inside. The fire was halfway down the east wall. Once we got set up to make the attack we broke out the windows, went in and put the fire out.”
Sears estimated the fire was under control in 20 to 30 minutes.
“The fire did make it on to the roof a little bit but mostly it was contained inside (the store),” Sears said.
Pittsfield Firefighters assisted and provided a ladder truck used to attack from above.
Sears said the fire’s cause is under investigation. Sears said it was too early to estimate the value lost in the fire, but he said a lot of merchandise was lost.
The store closes at 9 p.m.
“Per staff I talked to they left around 9:15 p.m. and did not see anything abnormal,” Sears said.
The fire meant early closing night for patrons of the local businesses. Hungry Howie’s closed early. Nick and Amy Wallen were at Stony Lake Brewing Co with friends when a woman came in and told everyone there was a fire and that they needed to get out of the building.
““I asked if it was a big fire and she said ‘yeah!’ We ran out and up to the building and looked in the windows and you could see the orange flames and white smoke. And then the fire trucks started showing up,” she said.
Kelly Wiseman was also at Stony Lake, where her daughter was working.
“I just wanted to say that the firefighters and police were on top of it. The woman who saw the fire and called 911 came in and warned us about the fire. We went outside and police and fire arrived instantly,” she said.