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UPDATE: Crews battle business fire Submitted: 04/26/2014
Story By Shardaa Gray


MERRILL - Merrill Fire Department handled a lot of fires Saturday.

One of them was at a factory.

Fire crews aren't sure how it got started.

But they do know property couldn't be saved.

Yorde Tool & Machining lost boats, a truck, carts, a bulldozer and two pontoons Saturday.

The fire happened around 1:30 this afternoon.

Merrill Fire Department says they were able to save the business part of the building.

But the storage unit was a complete loss.

"The ceiling did come down. We could not make entry into that building so everything had to be external," said Merrill Fire Department captain, Scott Krause.

"They needed a clam truck to pull the tint off the building so they could have access to put out the hot spots."

The first fire happened at storage unit on county road C.

A car was inside of the storage when it caught on fire.

The storage was saved, but the only thing left of the car was the frame.

The third fire happened at a house on Genesee street.

The captain says the renters were outside and had no idea there was a fire in the basement.

"It started near the gun cabinet area. They have a wooden gun cabinet," Krause said.

"At the base of the gun cabinet is where the origin of the fire was. Possibly a candle that was left unattended is what we're going with right now."

They renters will stay in a hotel Saturday night because the house is not livable.

The cause of the factory fire is still under investigation.

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