Crews spend Sunday battling fire at Allegan Metal Finishing Company

Posted at 4:46 AM, Mar 15, 2015

Crews battling Allegan business fire

ALLEGAN, Mich.– Crews continue to battle flames and aerial contaminants Sunday, after a large business fire was sparked earlier in the day.

The call originally came in just after 1:30 a.m. Sunday.  Crews quickly arrived on scene at Allegan Metal Finishing Company (AMFCO) in the 1200 block of Lincoln Road.

Several roads in the area were shutdown and residencies within a half-mile were evacuated.  Both westbound and eastbound M-89 are closed between 29th Ave and 111th Ave because of the fire.

As of 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Allegan County Dispatch said the evacuated area was still unsafe for residents to return to.

Sunday afternoon, the workforce development association Michigan Works! sent out messages to the community offering those affected some help following the fire.  Representatives from Kent, Allegan and Barry Counties will be at Blessed Sacrament Church, 110 N. Cedar Street in Allegan, on Monday, March 16th at 10:30am.

The message stated that their staff will provide information for the more than 80 employees affected by the fire on how to apply for unemployment and how to take the next steps in exploring employment opportunities.