[Hpn] Homeless person may have started warehouse fire

William Charles Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Mon, 04 Dec 2006 05:15:30 -0500


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Homeless person may have started warehouse fire

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http://www.woodtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3D5760559&nav=3Dmenu44_4



GRAND RAPIDS -- Grand Rapids Fire Investigator Pablo Martinez says a =
homeless person possibly trying to stay warm may have caused a fire at =
an abandoned building Saturday night.

Martinez says there is evidence someone entered the condemned building =
at 449 Market Ave near Wealthy Street.=20

The fire call came in around 7 p.m. Saturday closing down the Wealthy =
St. bridge and part of Wealthy Street. The area was reopened several =
hours later.=20

No one was inside the building at the time. 24 Hour News 8 was told no =
other buildings were affected by the blaze. The facility originally =
housed steel materials but has been not been used for more than 20 =
years. The owner said it was set to be demolished Friday. =20

At one point, crews had trouble containing the fire because of high =
winds. The building was also so old, it was very unstable posing a =
danger to firefighters.=20

Investigators may not be able to go back in the building to positively =
determine the cause of the fire because the structure is too unsafe.

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<P><STRONG>GRAND RAPIDS</STRONG> -- Grand Rapids Fire Investigator Pablo =

Martinez says a homeless person possibly trying to stay warm may have =
caused a=20
fire at an abandoned building Saturday night.</P>
<P>Martinez says there is evidence someone entered the condemned =
building at 449=20
Market Ave near Wealthy Street. </P>
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St. bridge and part of Wealthy Street.&nbsp;The area was&nbsp;reopened =
several=20
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8&nbsp;was&nbsp;told=20
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housed=20
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owner=20
said it was set to be demolished Friday. &nbsp;</P>
<P>At one point, crews had trouble containing the fire because of high =
winds.=20
The building was also so old, it was very unstable posing a danger to=20
firefighters. </P>
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