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Parchment loses historic building in fire
PARCHMENT, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A historic piece of Parchment's history is gone, destroyed by an overnight fire.
People in the community saw smoke and flames coming from the vacant Crown Vantage Paper mill early Saturday morning and called 9-1-1. Crews from several departments responded and spent hours battling the flames.
Fire crews arrived around 1:30 a.m. They tell Newschannel 3 flames were shooting from every window of the third floor of the Glendale building. It's the oldest building here in this complex, but has been empty for about seven years.
The Parchment mayor is saying there was a fence surrounding the building to keep people out, so the good news the building was empty and no one was hurt.
It took about three hours and eight departments to contain the fire. The city is planning on demolishing the building in the future, but those that live here say it's sad to see it go this way.
"There were so many people who worked here for so long. My dad, I believe, worked here for about 35, almost 40 years. It was bread and butter for a lot of families here in Parchment," lifelong Parchment resident Kim Ford says.
"The building was one of the first on this site, and it has a large chunk of history which has gone up with it," Parchment Mayor Robert Heasley says.
Investigators were on the scene Saturday looking for more information. The cause of this fire still being determined.