December 17, 2018

Standish Transmission a total loss after early morning fire


LINCOLN TWP. — No one was seriously injured during a fire at Standish Transmission March 2, but the building was ruled a total loss and one firefighter was sent to the hospital to receive medical attention.

Standish Area Fire Authority Chief Mitch Oliver said during the incident four firefighters made entry into the building in order to extinguish the fire and a portion of the roof collapsed. Oliver said the firefighters were near the exit and struck by some of the roof debris.

“We sent one guy who seemed to get the brunt of it to the hospital, but he was all right,” he said. “It was just a precautionary measure.”

The fire was reported at approximately 4:24 a.m. The cause is unknown, but an oily pile of rags was the first item to ignite, according to the fire department report. Three vehicles in the business’ service area were also destroyed in the incident.

Firefighters used about 30,000 gallons of water and also used foam to battle the blaze, according to the report. The Standish Area Fire Authority received mutual aid from the Sterling Area Fire Department.

The fire department cleared the scene at 8:24 a.m. and was later dispatched back to the scene due to reported hot spots. Firefighters cleared at approximately 10:30 a.m. after returning to the scene.


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