Fire extinguished at Econoline Abrasive Products

Becky Vargo • Jun 7, 2018 at 2:29 PM

Employees evacuated as heavy dark smoke filled a factory on the east side of Grand Haven early Thursday afternoon.

Firefighters from the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety responded to Econoline Abrasive Products, 401 N. Griffin St., at about 12:35 p.m. Initial reports were that a furnace or oven had caught on fire.

Dan Depottey, who identified himself as the owner’s son, said they were investigating what machine caught on fire and the cause.

Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said that subsequent interviews with employees revealed that a fire had started in a large commercial furnace oven used for a powder coating manufacturing process.

Employees attempted to use fire extinguishers without success. The building was then evacuated.

Sgt. Josh Tomes and Officer Dave Scott of the Grand Haven department were the first officers to enter the building. They encountered a large volume of smoke, but were able to locate and extinguish the fire with an attack line from an engine that was positioned on the south side of the building.

The roof was checked for fire extension, with none located.

There were no injuries. Damage estimates are not yet available.


Griffin Street between Fulton and Jackson streets was closed to traffic while firefighters were on the scene. They cleared the scene shortly before 2 p.m.


Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue, North Ottawa Community Hospital paramedics and a Grand Haven Board of Light & Power crew assisted GHDPS.

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