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Crews respond to fire at former adult foster care house in Muskegon Heights

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich– Multiple crews were dispatched to a fire at 309 E. Hackley Avenue Monday evening.

The fire was reported around 5:30 p.m. at an abandoned apartment complex, which officials say had formally been an adult foster care home prior to being condemned. FOX 17 was also told it was closed down due to multiple fire safety issues.

“There were no utilities, a myriad of issues we condemned the building and had to displace people right before Christmas,” said Muskegon Heights Fire Chief Christopher Dean.

E Hackley had been shut down while crews fought the fire and checked to make sure nobody was in the building.

“During the course of the fire fight the building was too dangerous to enter but we broke out windows and checked the building with thermal imaging in an effort to make sure nobody was in the building. We were unable to locate anyone in the building using this risky tactic to quickly check while doing defensive tactics with master streams,” said Chief Dean.

Crews remained on the scene hours later to put out any hot spots.

The cause of the fire has not been determined just yet. Officials tell FOX 17 they will be out there Tuesday with Michigan State Police to try and figure out what sparked the fire.

Crews say the building is a total loss.

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