Southwest Michigan Steel Plant Fire Quickly Doused Averting Further Tragedy

Fast action and safety first undoubtedly saved a Geneva Township manufacturer from more serious disaster when fire struck shortly before mid-day today near South Haven.

South Haven Area Emergency Services Chief Ron Wise says his crews responded quickly to word of a blaze at Lakeshore Iron on County Road 687 near County Road 388 in Geneva Township at 11:15am this morning.

Wise says that workers at the steel fabricating plant reported spotting fire in the ceiling of the plant and everyone was quickly evacuated while 9-1-1 was called.

Fortunately for the manufacturing firm the fire was successfully contained to the attic area of the building, and nobody was injured either in the fire or in the attempts to put it out.

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Firefighters received mutual aid from fellow first responders in Bangor, Columbia, Ganges, Lee and Fennville because water had to be shuttled in by tanker in order to knock it down.

Cause of the blaze remains under investigation according to Chief Wise, who credited everyone with helping keep disaster at bay.

The photo accompanying this story on Moody on the Market is courtesy of the South Haven Area Emergency Services team.