ANN ARBOUR, Mich. – Ann Arbor Firefighters battled a three-alarm blaze that caused hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage Tuesday night to businesses at a mall.
The fire was reported at 7 p.m. Tuesday February 8 at the Cranbrook Shopping Plaza on West Eisenhower Parkway, officials said.
Since multiple callers had reported the blaze, it was quickly upgraded to a first alarm – a citywide fire, then a second alarm due to a major fire in a commercial building, firefighters said. .
Heavy fire was discovered in the overhang of the Big Blue Swim School, which was under construction, authorities said. The parapet had several empty spaces and layers due to renovations over the years, they said.
At the height of the fire, five ladder trucks were on the scene. Firefighters from Ann Arbor, Pittsfield Township, Saline, Northfield Township, Superior Township and Scio Township were involved.
A firefighter was treated for exhaustion, but no occupants were injured.
Dibella’s, Bob’s Furniture, Sherwin Williams, Ethan Allen Furniture and Pet People were all smoke damaged. Total damage to the building is estimated at more than $250,000, firefighters said.
The fire is being investigated, but is not considered suspicious. Officials believe it started in the overhanging area.
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