Imlay City firefighters assisted by neighboring departments


Thick black smoke and flames envelop burning structure on N. Van Dyke Rd. (M-53), which was first noticed by a passing motorist, who informed owner.

IMLAY CITY — Imlay City firefighters responded at around 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19 to a pole barn fire on N. Van Dyke Rd.

Fire Chief Rick Horton said a passerby witnessed flames and heavy smoke coming from the structure and contacted Lapeer County Central Dispatch.

After calling 911, the same individual alerted the homeowner, who had been inside the pole barn earlier preparing for a football party later that afternoon.

“By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, heavy smoke and intensive fire was coming from all sides of the structure,” Chief Horton said. “Not knowing how many firefighters would be available, I requested assistance from other departments.

Horton said the homeowner said there were several portable propane tanks in the structure, one of which exploded during the fire.

He added that at one point, all firefighters had to be evacuated due to safety concerns.

In addition to Imlay City firefighters, mutual aid was provided by firefighters from Almont, Attica and Goodland townships, Imlay City police, Michigan State Police and Lapeer County EMS personnel.

Horton noted that no one was injured in the fire, which remains under investigation.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.