As monitored via the Lapeer County Michigan scanner and via Twitter, there is a large fire in downtown Lapeer, Michigan. I’m listening to the scanner and the fire is being actively fought, and there are over 700 people listening to the stream. The PIX Theater is the center of firefighting efforts, as far as I can tell.
This is a snapshot of news coverage at 9:15 pm Eastern on November 12, 2013, and is bound to be updated by local media as details emerge.
The scanner alert reads:
4 ALARM FIRE = 11/12/13 19:12 = (LAPEER – FG-2) LCFD ON SCENE OF AN APARTMENT BUILDING FIRE. ROOF HAS COLLAPSED. PEOPLE TRAPPED. MUTUAL-AID OUT OF COUNTY [MCH017]
ABC12 (Flint / Saginaw / Bay City television) says they will have footage on their 11 pm news.
LAPEER (WJRT) – (11/12/13) – ABC12 is at the scene of what Lapeer County 911 dispatchers are calling a “major fire in downtown Lapeer City”. They advise people to “please avoid the area” so emergency crews have a clear path.
Click on Detroit – PIX Theater burns in downtown Lapeer (WDIV Detroit Ch 4)
The PIX Theater, a nearby resale shop and another vacant building went up in flames Tuesday evening in downtown Lapeer.
LAPEER — Sometime around 7 p.m. Tuesday a fire broke out in downtown Lapeer at Timeless Treasures, reportedly starting in the apartments above Timeless Treasures, the former Michele & Co. store between the PIX Theatre and Burke’s Flowers.
Lapeer Area View has nothing.
Flint Journal, covering Lapeer County:
The fire started at about 7 p.m. in an apartment building and spread to the nearby PIX Theater, witnesses at the scene said. Neomi Buchanan of Lapeer who was in the theater building when the fire started next door said firefighters evacuated the theater before the fire spread to the structure. Her theater group was rehearsing its Christmas production at the time, she said.
On Facebook, this report from a Rusty Thomas:
Right now there is a fire raging in downtown Lapeer, right in the block where the PIX theatre is located. Please join me in sending prayers up for our friends in the Lapeer Community Theatre….the roof has just collapsed at the PIX!!! My heart is breaking for them right now!!!
BREAKING NEWS: massive fire in downtown Lapeer. Appears the historical PIX Theatre and the bldg next door is on fire pic.twitter.com/y7t99rMo2m”
— Brough Carpets (@BroughCarpets) November 13, 2013
@TwoSevenRight “@BroughCarpets: Latest image from downtown #lapeer fire pic.twitter.com/2r8uYZxiij”
— Julie Weatherbee (@juliewbee) November 13, 2013
Tune in to the scanner for current details.
Flint Journal story next day:
“LAPEER, MI — Fire officials say that a historic theater escaped severe damage from a fire that ravaged buildings in downtown Lapeer the night of Tuesday, Nov. 12.
Lapeer Fire Chief Terry Kluge said that a majority of the damage from the fire is contained in the building neighboring the PIX Theater to the east. Kluge said the PIX sustained only minor smoke damage.”