Incident number: 2020-02672
Type of emergency: Structure Fire - Commercial
Incident date: May 21, 2020
Alarm time: 9:02 pm
Address/location: 27 Fonda Ave
Probable cause (if known): Intentional
Structure type: 2 Story Commercial/Factory
Construction type: Masonry/Steel
Estimated property damage: Undetermined
Estimated contents damage: None
Location/extent of damage: Elevator Shaft
Hazardous materials involved: NA
Specialized rescues: NA
Vehicles involved, if any: NA
Other information: The Battle Creek Fire Department was dispatched to black smoke coming from a factory on Fonda Ave. Rescue 3 and Car 3 arrived four minutes later to find flames showing from the roof of an elevator shaft at an abandoned factory. A defensive fire position was initially established due to the condition of the building. Car 3 assumed command. Rescue 3 extended a large diameter hand line to begin extinguishing the fire. Engine 2 assisted with the fire attack while Rescue 4 utilized a hydrant for water supply. Truck 6 assisted with forcible entry and roof operations. Squad 6 was the safety officer. The fire was extinguished in 40 minutes with no injuries reported.
The fire is suspicious with no cause determined. The Battle Creek Police Department is investigating a report that children were seen running from the structure at the time of alarm. If anyone has information on this fire, please call fire department headquarters at 269-966-3519.