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Quick stop in Almont


Chief commends efforts of all who fought fire, high temps, humidity


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Almont firefighters clean up following an apartment fire that also resulted in considerable water damage to the long-established Buccilli’s Pies & Cakes at 129 N. Main St. Other adjacent buildings and businesses were spared of serious damage, due in large part to the quick response of firefighters. photo by Tom Wearing.

August 19, 2009
ALMONT — Quick response by firefighters to a downtown apartment fire Sunday is credited with limiting its spread to neighboring buildings and businesses.

Almont Twp. Fire Chief Paul Wayco said the fire was called in to Lapeer County Central Dispatch at around 9:23 a.m. by one of the apartment's tenants.

Once at the scene, Wayco said firefighters discovered smoke coming from a stairway and one of two upstairs apartments at 129 N. Main St.

Wayco said fire damage was limited to the building's upper level, although Buccilli's Pies & Cakes, located directly beneath the apartments, sustained significant water damage.

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Other adjacent businesses were unaffected, said Wayco, and all have been able to reopen for business.

The fire chief credited the efforts of firefighters and decades-old fire walls for minimizing damage to businesses on the west side of Main Street.

"It could have been worse," said Wayco. "None of the other buildings were involved, and the other businesses have been able to reopen."

He added that Buccilli's will remain closed until an investigation to determine the fire's origin can be completed.

"The source of the fire is still unknown," said Wayco. "Fire investigators will have to come in and the building has been padlocked."

Temperatures in the nineties and high humidity were also a concern to Wayco, who called for mutual aid from firefighters in Imlay City and Dryden.

"The heat is always a consideration," said Wayco. "We want to make sure everyone is hydrated and not getting overheated in these kinds of conditions."

Wayco acknowledged the fire department's ladies auxiliary and the owners and staff of Rosa's Pizza for providing water, soft drinks and pizza for firefighters at the scene.

"We had 37 firefighters out there and Lapeer County EMS," he said. "I want to thank the other departments and our own firefighters for a very good job."

It took nearly six hours for the fire department to clear the scene, said Wayco.

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