Fire rips through apartment building.

February 12, 2021
Fire rips through apartment building.
By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.
HART — A large, older model house that housed three or four apartments at 211 Wood St. sustained major damage due to a fire in the ceiling Friday afternoon, Feb. 12.
No one was injured, said Hart Fire Chief Dwight Fuehring.
Firefighters from Hart, Shelby-Benona, Ferry Township, Walkerville and Pentwater departments were dispatched to the scene at 1:30 p.m. Hart Police Department, Oceana County Sheriff’s Office and Life EMS also responded. Fire departments from Mason County were put on standby to cover emergencies in northern Oceana County.
The American Red Cross was called to assist tenants displaced from the apartments, Fuehring said.
The cause of the blaze was not immediately known. It originated in the back corner of the roof, and an aerial ladder was used to access the upstairs. Fuehring said there were three layers of ceiling that firefighters tackled while battling the blaze.
Two nearby fire hydrants were not working, and firefighters had to run a hose at State Street, which was partially blocked to traffic.
A fire in the next door lot destroyed Bill Wells’ 602 House, which was a boarding house, in February of 2019.
”Everybody did a great job in these cold conditions,” said Fuehring of the crews that responded in the 22-degree weather.
No other information was immediately available.
A reader later informed OCP that the house is no longer being used as an apartment building. However, information provided at the scene stated it is an apartment building.

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