Fire partially destroys historic West Michigan business


FERRYSBURG, MI – A fire destroyed part of the historic Johnston Boiler Company building on Saturday afternoon.

The fire destroyed part of the roof and east walls of the building, 300 Pine St. in Ferrysburg, around 2 p.m. July 9, the Grand Haven Tribune reported.

No employees were in the building at the time of the fire, the Tribune reported.

A loud explosion forced firefighters out of the building, the Tribune said. It took hours for the fire to be completely extinguished.

The company’s chairman and chief executive, David Reinink, told several news agencies that the fire came as a complete surprise. He said the company would cooperate with investigators to determine the cause of the fire.

A portion of M-104 near Pine Street in Ottawa County was closed due to the fire. All roads reopened late Saturday night, 13 On Your Side reported.

Related: Fire shuts down part of M-104 in Ottawa County

No one was injured in the fire, officials said.

The Johnston Boiler Company opened in 1864. A fire destroyed the factory in 1891 and they rebuilt in the same location, according to the company’s website. They make boilers that heat schools, hospitals and other buildings.

Unanswered messages were left with the Ferrysburg Fire Department.

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