Royalton and Little Falls Fire Departments respond to shop fire

by Jennie Zeitler, Staff Writer


A shop addition on the south side of Auction Barn, four miles south of Little Falls off Highway 10 in Bellevue Township, caught fire at approximately 1:45 p.m., Saturday afternoon, Jan. 19.

“The homeowner had just fired up a wood stove. He came back 10 minutes later and saw fire coming through the wall behind the stove,” said Royalton Fire Chief Duane Bursey. “Little Falls firefighters got there first and had the wall opened up. The fire went up the wall and into the attic, so we had to tear the ceiling out. There was moderate damage, but it’s fixable.”

The owner had crossed the road to place the emergency call from his home at 15151 103rd Street, which is in Little Falls Township, Bursey said.

“Little Falls firefighters responded first, but paged us when it was discovered that the fire was actually in Bellevue Township,” said Bursey.

Royalton firefighters were on the scene for about 90 minutes, with 10 firefighters, a pumper truck and a tanker. Little Falls brought 14 firefighters, two tankers and a pumper.

“Sometimes we get calls for fires which are right on the border lines of jurisdictions,” said Little Falls Fire Chief Mike Nieman. “We have mutual aid agreements with all the surrounding jurisdictions, so we definitely responded to this fire. Once Royalton arrived, we assisted them in fighting the fire.”