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Heavy Flames Force Firefighters to Evacuate Burning Building

Posted at 5:44 AM, Mar 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-06 07:45:20-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 6, 2014) — Firefighters have had to leave a burning apartment-style home and evacuate neighboring residences while crews try to gain control of a quickly-spreading fire.

First calls early Thursday morning were at 4:33 a.m. at a building on Bridge Street NW.

Flames quickly spread into the upper portions of the structure, which led the firefighters to take what is called a “defensive approach,” where crews are ordered out of the building and fire repression efforts continue from outside, said Battalion Chief Bart Perry.

All crews were ordered out of the building due to the threat of a potential collapse.  They then proceeded to evacuate neighboring homes due to the threat the flames could spread.