Gilbert's Lodge Fire
October 10, 2013
Michigan - Investigators say the fire that caused at least $400,000 in damage to the landmark Gilbert Lodge in St. Clair Shores early today began in the kitchen. St. Clair Shores Fire Battalion Chief Michael Witt said crews will be at the bar and restaurant at 22335 Harper today to try to determine how the blaze ignited. No one was injured.
“I cannot speculate, but that is where the most damage is,” Witt said this morning after the fire was out. “It’s a local landmark – it really is.”
A passerby called 911 after noticing the blaze in the 7,500-square-foot, single-story building at 4:20 a.m.
“When crews first arrived, they had heavy smoke and flame showing from the roof of the structure,” Witt said.
The fire was so intense, it melted portions of the metal truss roof and significantly damaged at least one wall of the cinder block building. Fire crews had the blaze under control within 45 minutes. Fire crews from Eastpointe, Roseville, Warren and Harrison Township helped battle the blaze, while crews from the Sterling Heights Fire Department provided backup at area fire stations.
Witt estimated about 30% of the building was destroyed. The business employs about 50 people, he added.
Written by Tammy Stables Battaglia
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