Fire destroys warehouse in Portage

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

Firefighters work to put a large fire at a warehouse in Portage Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. (Courtesy Portage Fire Dpeartment)

PORTAGE, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a warehouse in Portage.

It happened around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday at a warehouse owned by J. Rettenmaier, located near the intersection of Vanderbilt Avenue and Shaver Road. The warehouse stored baled paper products.

When firefighters arrived on scene, crews found large flames and heavy smoke. It took crews around an hour to put out the flames, according to a Portage Department of Public Safety news release.

There were no reports of injuries or hazardous materials, the release said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, however, PDPS said the building appears to be a total loss.

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