Fire destroys multiple businesses in Mattawan
MATTAWAN, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Several businesses in Mattawan are picking up the pieces after a fire ripped through the building that houses those businesses late Friday night.
Crews from the Mattawan Fire Department and several of the surrounding area fire departments battled the blaze starting at 10 p.m. Friday and lasting into Saturday morning at the building off of Red Arrow Highway.
Mattawan Fire Chief Terron Mclean said crews arrived to find 25 to 30 foot flames ripping through the building and the intensity of the flames mad it difficult for firefighters to control.
The building houses several local businesses, and once the flames were finally extinguished, it was time to assess the damage.
Mclean said, “For the businesses in the front, yes, it is a total loss. The back half, it's in pretty good shape. All of the automotive equipment and the cars are okay, other than smoke damage."
The front portion of the building sustained the heaviest damage, which includes the tanning salon and Mallory's. Both businesses were destroyed. Six cars sitting in the garage at Mattawan Transmission did not sustain any damage during the fire.
Jason Cook, the owner of Cook's Home Improvement, said he had to watch helplessly as the fire ripped through his business.
Cook said, “I stuck around until I saw the ceiling of my office collapse, and said, 'Alright, I'm heading home.'"
The building is also home to other businesses such as Perfect Tan, Mattawan Transmission, and Mallory Pole Buildings, a well-known, long-standing business in the Mattawan community for several decades.
Trevor Phillips, A Mallory Pole Buildings employee, said, “As far as the Mallory side of it, we're still looking pretty good. Like you said, we still don't know what kind of water and smoke damage there is, but it looks like we'll be able to keep going."
No one was hurt in the fire and the cause is still under investigation.