Firefighters were dispatched to a mostly abandoned two-story commercial structure fire on Friday, February 5, 2021, in the area of Grand River and Grand Boulevard.

First-due units arrived to a fully engulfed 150 x 50 structure, reporting to Dispatch as a two-story commercial structure (0349 PT) in the 700 block of Grand River.

After going into defensive operations for several hours, Command escalated the incident to a 3rd alarm. (0523 PT). Challenges for firefighters included high winds and dropping temps.

One person was injured and transported to an area local hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time.

At 1730 Hours PT, there were still over 10,000 people still listening to the live Scanner Feed.

A Commercial Box Alarm includes dispatched units that include four engine companies, two ladder companies, two squad companies, two Chief units, one ambulance, one EMS Supervisor. When a 2nd and 3rd Alarm occurs, it is said to double the current resources on-scene.

Video footage can be seen on area local news outlets. Info was not published on any government fire or police accounts.


The commercial structure is about 47,600 square feet, that is designed for retail space that is located just off of I-96 on Grand River Avenue and two blocks west of Grand Boulevard.

This building was up for sale as of 12/16/2016 but the advertisement on a real estate website has been removed prior to today’s fire. At the time, the seller was motivated to sell stating, ’13 commercial units on ground floor and 36 apartment rooms on first and second floors. Major capital investment was made in 2011 on the exterior facade. Needs some rehab.

Building is located on a major avenue with a traffic count over 20,000 cars on a daily basis.’

The property was said to be built in 1926 and last sold in 1997 for $93,750.

(c) 2021 NW Fire Blog – 2/5/2021 1805 PT