The fire was first reported at 5:36 p.m. Tuesday. When crews arrived on the scene they discovered flames coming through the roof.
“The fire station is right there and as soon as they pulled out, they could smell smoke,” Kentwood Deputy Chief Greg Ginebaugh said.
Because of the fire was located on the second floor and the stairs were heavily damaged, crews had to be evacuated after initially entering the pharmacy.
Frigid weather was also an obstacle.
“We have to rotate more people through because of the temperatures,” Ginebaugh said. “And we have equipment problems with air bottles that freeze up and all the hose lines have to have a crack open so they don’t freeze as well.”
Nobody was injured in the blaze, according to Kent County Sheriff’s Department.