SPENCER TOWNSHIP — An early-morning fire destroyed the main building at County Line Farms at 13202 22 Mile Road in Spencer Township near Trufant.
The Maple Valley Township Fire Department was the first to arrive on scene after the fire was reported around 6:45 a.m. Fire Chief Dan Kain said the building was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.
Unplowed roads made it difficult for fire trucks to get to the scene. Once firefighters arrived, they had to go to local creeks and break through the ice to obtain water as there are no fire hydrants in the area. Kain said the building could not be saved and the fight to extinguish the fire was strictly defensive.
Paul Smith, owner of County Line Farms, said he lost three semi trucks and a new milk tanker, all of which were housed in the building. Smith and his drivers pick up milk from area farms and deliver the milk. Smith said he will continue to run his business as best as he can. All his drivers were already on the road early this morning before the fire began.
No one was injured in the fire. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.
Spencer Township is officially in command of the fire. Assisting Spencer Township and Maple Valley Township were Lakeview District, Sand Lake and Montcalm Township fire departments. The Oakfield Township Fire Department was also originally called to the scene, but was then told to remain at its own fire station in case another fire broke out in the area.
Firefighters remain at the scene this morning putting out hot spots and doing some salvage work.
A complete story and more photographs will be in Wednesday’s Daily News.