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Fire destroys mattress store on Detroit’s east side

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A Detroit mattress store was destroyed early Friday in a fire that caused its roof to collapse and forced evacuations from nearby homes, according to the Detroit Fire Department.

The blaze ignited around 7 a.m. inside the Mattress Wholesale store at 4242 Eight Mile near Ryan, officials said. It was extinguished by noon.

“The building is about 100 feet by 150 feet, and the fire was through the roof when units first arrived,” Deputy Fire Commissioner Dave Fornell said earlier Friday morning as crews battled the flames. “They had to evacuate three nearby houses as a precaution, but (firefighters) protected the houses so they’re going to be OK.”

Crews from multiple communities responded to help.

“They surrounded the fire and contained it,” Fornell said around 8 a.m. Friday. “It’s still burning, but it’s not going to spread.”

Crews were unable to enter the building and instead took a “defensive” approach, fighting the flames from the outside.

“The roof collapsed. They can’t go in, it’s too dangerous,” Fornell said. “The store wasn’t opened, it was locked up and there’s no indication there was anyone inside.”

The building is a loss, Fornell said.

“It’s destroyed,” he said. “The roof is completely burned off the building.”

A demolition crew was at the scene Friday afternoon due to the building’s “unsafe structural condition,” said John Roach, a spokesman for the Detroit Mayor’s Office.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

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