Oceana departments assist with industrial fire.

December 4, 2014


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By Allison Scarbrough. OCP Editor.

MONTAGUE TWP. (Muskegon Co.) — Eight fire departments, including Grant and Shelby, responded to a fire at Montague Metal Products, 4101 W. Fruitvale Road, Thursday night.

Montague Fire Chief Dan Roesler said no one was inside the building, and there were no injuries in the huge blaze that was toned out at approximately 7 p.m. Roesler said the foundry was not operating at the time the fire occurred. Montague Metal produces weather vanes, address plaques and other metal decorations. The City of Montague’s claim to fame is the site of the “World’s Largest Weather Vane.”

Fire crews from Montague, White Lake, Grant, Norton Shores, Shelby-Benona, Dalton, Blue Lake and Muskegon Township were called to the scene. Consumers Energy was on scene, and a strong smell of gas was in the air shortly after the fire ignited. White Lake Ambulance was on scene for standby as firefighters battled the enormous blaze.

At approximately 8:45 p.m., Roesler stated that the fire was “pretty well contained. There were smoke and flames showing when we arrived. A majority the roof collapsed.”

No cause has been determined. No other information was immediately available.