A fire in the ceiling of Automatic Spring Products Corp., 803 Taylor Ave., forced the evacuation of the building shortly after 4 p.m. Friday. The fire was caused by some sort of mechanical malfunction of the furnace inside the manufacturing plant, said Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke. The fire traveled up a wall and into the ceiling and roof.

Firefighters had to strip away layers of a 20-by-20-foot portion of the roof and use fire extinguishers to put out the blaze. Hawke said they couldn’t use water because of the hazardous materials inside the building.

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