MONTCALM TOWNSHIP – The owners of Nelson’s Speed Shop experienced another devastating fire that destroyed their business.
At about 1:30 a.m. this morning, Montcalm Township Fire Department was dispatched to Nelson’s Speed Shop on M-91 in Montcalm Township for a structure fire.
“When I got here it was 40 percent involved,” said Montcalm Township Fire Department Lt. Ryan Hyde.
The fire started in the back of the business, on the west side of the building, where the warehouse is located, Hyde said.
The steel building was a challenge for firefighters to get water into the complex.
“Trying to get water on the fire was the biggest problem,” Hyde said.
No one from the business was injured, and the business was insured.
Hyde said firefighters had not yet determined the cause of the fire.
The owners of Nelson’s Speed Shop were on the scene of the fire, but did not want to comment at the time.
Water had to be transported to the scene from the City of Greenville by tankers from multiple fire departments.
Hyde said a majority of the tankers were pumping 1,500 gallons of water per minute through each monitor and 1,250 gallons per minute from the truck working on the back section of the building.
Officers closed M-91 at Sidney Road north of the fire scene and at Peck Road, south of the scene. The road remained closed as of 5:15 a.m.
Hyde said the building is a complete loss, but firefighters were working hard to salvage what was left of the outside.
As of 5 a.m., the fire was 90 percent contained.
This is not the first devastating fire for the business and business owners.
Before the current building was constructed, a smaller Nelson’s Speed Shop building was in its place.
On Sept. 17, 2001 at about 1:40 a.m. that building was set on fire.
Richard Crew of Durand and Stewart David Barron were both indicted on one count of arson and one count of conspiracy to commit arson by a federal grand jury in Grand Rapids.
“(Arson) is possible, but it’s still too early to tell,” Hyde said of this morning’s fire.
Hyde said 11 departments responded to the fire including Greenville Department of Public Safety, Day Township, Courtland Township, Lakeview District, Maple Valley Township, Oakfield Township, Stanton Community, Belding and Sheridan Community Fire Departments.
Also on scene was the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and Advance Life Support.