As seen from the air, the fire that consumed Allegan Metal Finishing Company continues to leave its mark on the community.

Official cause of Allegan Metal Finishing fire still unknown

Virginia Ransbottom, Staff Writer

Three weeks after a massive fire destroyed Allegan Metal Finishing Company, there’s still no official determination from the state fire marshal on the cause; however, there is a suspected cause.

“Mechanical failure of equipment on the northwest side of the building,” said Allegan Area Fire District Chief Bruce Hoyer.

Hoyer said he had never covered a fire of such magnitude.

“And there was much more to it than just a fire,” he said.

Sixty-five firefighters from various fire departments helped battle the blaze fueled by not only exploding liquid propane tanks and products used for the business’s zinc plating processes but also a west and southwest wind that carried the flames and toxic smoke downwind towards the Village East Mobile Home Park.

For our full story—including more details on how the fire was fought as well as an update on the job situation for the company's employees who were suddenly left looking for work—pick up a copy of the April 9 issue of The Allegan County News or subscribe to the e-edition.

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