Firefighters battle 4-alarm blaze at commercial building in Grosse Pointe

- Fire crews in Grosse Pointe had their hands full battling a four-alarm blaze at a commercial building.

Employees at the Jim Saros Real Estate Agency and residents at Mack and Cadieux could only watch as fire crews put out the flames and smoke.

The fire happened between 9 and 9:30 a.m. Thursday morning and the owner says the past 40 years of his business have gone up in smoke.

"I cannot even begin to count what we have inside, 40 years of records and everything," said Jim Saros.

There were about 10 people inside the building at the time of the fire, but everyone made it out safely.

"I mean it's devastating from a business standpoint," Saros said. "But I would trade that for not having one person, hurt in anyway shape or form."

The owner says he believes some flash flooding may have caused an electrical problem leading to the fire but investigators say it's too early to know that for sure. They do know the fire started in the basement.

The flames may not have spread, but the smoke sure did throughout the neighborhood.

"I got a feeling a lot of these houses are going to be filled with smoke for a while," said resident Gary Hamilton. "That's going to cause some problems."

Some of the firefighters got a bit fatigued, but nothing serious according to the director of public safety.

Their hard work has not gone unnoticed.

"A lot of smoke and my hat goes off to these firemen, what they do is remarkable," Hamilton said. "They're up there on that ladder and you can't even see those fellas, not a bit."

"They were hoping they could keep it out of the vents," Saros said. "But then it just went from the basement, and then in between the floors, so at this point it's just a defensive fire now."

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