Iron Mountain business destroyed in morning blaze


Staff Writer

IRON MOUNTAIN – An Iron Mountain business is a total loss following a structure fire early this morning.

The fire broke out at about 4:25 a.m. at Francie’s Traditional Designs, located at 200 West Brown Street.

Iron Mountain Fire Chief Dan Johnson said that the blaze started in the northwest corner of the building, but the cause remains undetermined at this time.

He explained that firefighters were delayed in entering the structure, due to the possibility of floors collapsing.

Firefighters believed that the building was more than 100 years old.

As there is a potential for the rest of the structure to collapse, Iron Mountain Police Chief Peter Flaminio has ordered that the two-block section of Carpenter Avenue between West Fleshiem Street and West Ludington Street be closed to traffic until further notice.

Flaminio anticipates that the closure will last for several days.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire, but the structure has been declared a total loss.

According to the Francie’s Traditional Designs website, the business offers residential and commercial interior design with a large selection of furniture, accessories, and home decor.

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