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Fire tears through Ionia consignment shop

Posted at 9:03 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 21:03:27-04

IONIA, Mich. — Six fire departments were needed to take down a fire that ripped through an Ionia consignment store Wednesday night.

The Auction Antiques Attic on West Lincoln Avenue started burning some-time before 4-o'clock, according to calls to 911. Captain John Odette with the Ionia Department of Public Safety says it was a good thing departments from around the county answered the call for help

"It’s nice that we could all work together and when the fire bell goes out that we can get mutual aid back up. Cause we needed it on a scene like this. " Odette told FOX 17.

The building was a combination of three-businesses combined and used by the consignment-shop.... And was full of wooden furniture and knick-knacks... Making putting out the flames difficult.

"There was two metal roofs - tin roofs - on the building, making it extremely hard to cut through the roof and when we did, the roof started to collapse" Odette said. "[It] took us about an hour to bring the fire under control and a good two hours before we could get it fully under control"

The business was open and the fire was not noticed for some time but, incredibly, there were no injuries. Ionia DPS is still investigating the cause of the fire.