GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -- A warehouse storing petroleum products was destroyed by fire, injuring two firefighters and causing petroleum to seep into a nearby water channel.
Early estimates placed damage at the Davis Petroleum Inc. warehouse along U.S. 2 on the west side of Grand Rapids at about $1 million.
The 12,000-square foot warehouse and its contents -- including hydraulic oils, starting fluids, automobile carburetor cleaners and racing fuel -- were engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at about 3:20 a.m. Thursday.
The warehouse spilled an estimated 20,000 gallons of the petroleum products, some of which leaked into a water channel that feeds into the Mississippi River.
The fire was discovered by a local radio announcer returning home from work. Grand Rapids firefighters, many of whom were on the job for more than nine hours, were joined by four other departments.
A state fire investigator was called to look for the cause of the blaze.
The two firefighters were treated for smoke inhalation at Itasca Medical Center and released. No one else was hurt.
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