Smoke emits from a fire at Mike Hatch Sales And Service on North Douglas Highway on Thursday night. (Capital City Fire/Rescue photo)

‘Heavy fire’ damages Mike Hatch Sales And Service on North Douglas Highway

Road blocked as fire department sends large-scale response; fire “knocked down” at about 7:20 p.m.

This is a developing story.

A “heavy fire” at Mike Hatch Sales And Service on Thursday evening closed North Douglas Highway for about two hours as most of the city’s firefighting resources were used to control the blaze, according to Capital City Fire/Rescue.

“Please stay away from the area for now,” a notice posted on CCFR’s Facebook page at 5:49 p.m. states. While two ambulances remain on standby for other calls “all other CCFR resources are currently committed to this fire.”

At about 7:20 p.m. a subsequent CCFR message stated “the fire is knocked down and crews are searching for any smoldering fire before they can move apparatus and open the road.” One lane of the road was reopened at about 7:30 p.m.

The fire was to a structure at the business at 4755 North Douglas Highway, according to CCFR.

“The first engine arrived in 4 minutes 18 seconds and hooked up to a fire hydrant,” the original post notes. “Crews started a ‘transitional attack’ where they started fighting the heavy fire from the exterior until the next team of firefighters arrived so they could have enough people to operate safely inside.”

AEL&P subsequently disconnected power to the building from the power pole, according to CCFR.

Mike Hatch Sales And Service, in a post on its Facebook page, said the building was unoccupied when the fire occurred.

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