2 Mich. firefighters injured while battling thrift store fire
One firefighter was hurt when a portion of a wall inside the building collapsed on him; the other firefighter suffered a medical emergency on scene
By Matt Durr
ALPENA, Mich. — A pair of firefighters battling a fire at a Habitat for Humanity ReStore building were injured at the scene, but are expected to recover despite the building being a total loss. According to True North Radio, one of the firefighters was injured when a portion of a wall inside the building collapsed on him. He was taken to a nearby hospital where he required surgery on his foot.
The other injured firefighter suffered a medical emergency while on scene, but according to Alpena fire chief Bill Forbush, both men are home and “doing well.”
Firefighters were called to the scene around 6:15 a.m. Sunday when a passerby noticed the building was on fire. Crews battled the fire for several hours before getting it under control and eventually extinguished the fire around 6:30 p.m.
The store, located at 400 W. Chisholm Street, was completely destroyed by the fire. An investigation remains underway, but Forbush said the fire does not appear to be suspicious in nature.
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Thanks to our Alpena City and Alpena Township firefighters for a job well done. Unfortunately two firefighters were injured, however they won the battle.https://t.co/FLBlQGQXc1 pic.twitter.com/zGxjHW93ao— @MSPNorthernMI (@mspnorthernmi) November 4, 2019
Smoke and small flames can still be seen hours after a fire destroyed a Habitat for Humanity in Alpena early Sunday morning. Portions of the city had power shut down as firefighters battled the blaze. We are told at least one firefighter was sent to the hospital for injuries. pic.twitter.com/5Tqnw9DAkA— upnorthlive.com (@upnorthlive) November 3, 2019