HALE - Fire damaged the Plainfield Township's fire and emergency medical services building Thursday morning, but neither emergency service will be affected, Township Supervisor Fred Lewis said.
EMS personnel were in the building when the fire started some time between 2 and 4 a.m., Lewis said. They all evacuated safely, and fire crews were able to get ambulances, fire trucks and equipment out of the building.
"The fire was contained to mainly the EMS building in the second floor," he said, adding the fire hall portion of the building is unusable.
Plainfield Township firefighters were assisted by crews from East Tawas, Grant Township, Lupton, Oscoda, South Branch, Tawas City and Whittemore fire departments, Lewis said.
"It could've been catastrophically worse than what it was," he said. "Being able to get all of our equipment and rigs out of there, they did a heck of a job, all of them, not just our department."
The cause is unknown, and Michigan State Police are conducting what Lewis called a "routine" investigation. The building is insured, and local businesses and government entities have volunteered places for the fire trucks and ambulances until repairs are completed.
Hale Area Schools has an unused administration building EMS can use, and have space in their bus garage for a fire truck, Lewis said. There's space for another in a municipal building in the Iosco County Fairgrounds, and a local business will house a third.
"It's not going to change a thing with our fire operations" or EMS, he said.