Early this morning, emergency services were called to a significant fire on Imlay City Road in Lapeer, at a premises formerly occupied by Cut Rate Auto Repair. The building, now leased by MKX Potency for the storage of marijuana products, is situated to the east of the local Walmart and beside Thompson Motors.
The situation escalated to a three-alarm fire when part of the roof caved in, triggering a "mayday" signal. The incident resulted in minor shoulder injuries to one firefighter, who was hit by falling debris during the efforts to control the blaze.
Responding to the initial alarm at approximately 6 a.m. were units from Lapeer Fire & Rescue and the Elba Township Fire Department. As the situation intensified, the Metamora Township Fire Department and later the Attica Township Fire Department were called in for additional support. To combat the fire, aerial trucks from Lapeer and Elba Township were deployed, allowing firefighters to douse the flames from above.
Efforts to reach and extinguish remaining hot spots were aided by a front-end loader from the Lapeer Department of Public Works, which cleared away parts of the roof and other debris. Fortunately, the fire did not spread to adjacent buildings.
The incident led to the closure of Imlay City Road to through traffic, though Lapeer Fire & Rescue Chief Mike Vogt expects the road to reopen within hours.
With Lapeer's fire units committed to the scene, Vogt has arranged for the Davison-Richfield Fire Department to be on standby, ready to respond to any additional emergencies that may arise while local resources are engaged.
The cause of the fire is currently unknown and is under investigation. This incident underscores the importance of stringent safety measures and the readiness of emergency services to respond to unforeseen events.
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