Fire destroys landscaper’s shop in commercial barn

Updated Feb 24, 2016
The cause of the fire is under investigation. No one was injured. Photo: Becky Vargo/grandhaventribune.comThe cause of the fire is under investigation. No one was injured.
Photo: Becky Vargo/

A landscaping company’s commercial barn caught fire in Robinson Township, Michigan, about 10:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 24.

Robinson Fire Chief Paul VanVelzen declared Precision Landscapes’ 60-by-100 building a total loss, according to the Grand Haven Tribune. No one was injured by the blaze.

Although lawnmowers and chemicals were inside the barn, neither caused any problems for first responders, VanVelzen told WOOD Television. Firefighters from nearby townships helped knock down the fire by 11:30 p.m.

The owners of the business lived about 100 yards behind the barn and told VanVelzen they had been in the building until about 8:30 p.m. Their children woke them when they heard a popping noise.

Nearby neighbors also stated that they heard something similar to gun shots and then saw the glow of the fire. VanVelzen explained that these sounds could have been from tires and propane tanks stored in the barn.

Debris had to be moved with a front-end loader before the fire could be completely put out. Power lines on three sides of the building also created difficulties for the crews. According to reports earlier today, the fire rekindled about 6:45 a.m. Tuesday but was quickly doused.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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