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GRFD asking for public's help with 'suspicious' fire

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Investigators looking for answers after flames engulfed Wealthy Street building

After a fire destroyed a commercial building in Grand Rapids’ Cherry Hill neighborhood one week ago Monday, the city’s Fire Department is asking for anyone with information to come forward. The two-alarm fire on March 14th ignited the roof of the building that housed Tatum Bookbinding at 666 Wealthy Street SE.

According to the Grand Rapids Fire Department, first responders were dispatched at 1:27 a.m., as the first crews on the seen found heavy smoke issuing from the building. Officials say, thankfully the building was empty, as flames escalated in quick fashion—once the building had been found to be vacant, officials say firefighters then made an emergency retreat and refocused their efforts on saving other adjacent and adjoining buildings.

And on Monday evening, the Grand Rapids Fire Department issued a press release asking for the community’s help after the fire investigator assigned to this incident determined the fire to be suspicious in nature. Grand Rapids Police Department detectives are also investigating.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the GRPD at 616 456-3400 or anonymously through the Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.

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