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Old Riga fertilizer plant burns


Posted on December 19th, by Marcia Loader in News. Comments Off on Old Riga fertilizer plant burns

Stephanie Brown took this photo shortly after it broke out Friday, Dec. 19.

Stephanie Brown took this photo shortly after it broke out Friday, Dec. 19.

Les Miller of Riga  took this photo of the fertilizer fire from about 200 yards away.

Les Miller of Riga took this photo of the fertilizer fire from about 200 yards away.

Residents in Riga reported a major fire shortly before 8 p.m. Friday evening. Several departments responded.
Blissgield Police Chief Dale Greenleaf reported to The Advance that the fire was contained at 8:34 p.m. Unofficial fire department reports say no injuries occurred.
As of 10 p.m., smoke continued to billow from the facility. Six fire departments responded to the scene. Riga Fire Chief Mike Norman said Riga was assisted by Blissfield, Palmyra, Deerfield, Richfield and the county air truck from Madison. Raisin Township was on standby for Palmyra. Consumers Energy gas and electric officials were also called in.
Norman said the building was fully involved upon arrival with several small propane and welding gas tanks inside. Neighbors saw flare ups they described as explosions.
A truck and a high-low were in the barn, according to Norman.
For the complete story, please see the Dec. 24 Advance.





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