JACKSON, Mich. (WLNS) — Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a devastating fire in Blackman Township that led to a series of startling events.
The fire sparked just after midnight at Sager Pallet Recycling on Tyson Street just outside the city of Jackson.
Several fire departments fought the blaze for hours, but the building couldn’t be saved.
Jess Sager turned on the news Thursday morning and was shocked to see video of his family business up in flames.
“It was quite the wakeup,” Sager said.
The wood pallet recycling business has been in his family for 25 years.
They came to the scene looking for answers, and found the charred remains of all their hard work.
“It’s just an emotional roller coaster at this point,” Sager said. “As of right now we don’t know a whole lot. We just know it’s gone.”
While firefighters were battling the blaze early Thursday morning, crews from Consumers Energy cut electrical lines going to the building for safety reasons.
That caused a massive power outage on the east side of Jackson, with more than 2,000 customers losing power.
Moments later, crews were fighting another fire just one mile away on Leroy Street.
“My son started yelling to get out of the house because it was on fire,” said homeowner Gloria Tittler.
Speaking with 6 News Thursday morning, Tittler believes the fire in her basement was started by a candle lit by her daughter during the power outage.
Tittler was able to get one dog out, but her Pomeranian, Tina, was still inside.
A city of Jackson firefighter jumped into action.
“They went in and got her, and brought her out, and gave her some oxygen, and she’s fine,” Tittler said.
She’s thankful crews acted so quickly to save her home and beloved pet when they were already fighting the business fire.
“They brought her out, I started crying. I want to thank the firefighters, they did a great job,” Tittler said.
With the dust settling from a chaotic night, Sager is glad no one was hurt, and says all they can do is take things one step at a time.
“A lot of people have sent us prayers, and said they’re thinking of us, which is nice. It’s going to be a bit of a long road to recover from this, I think,” Sager said.
If you have any information about the fire at the recycling facility contact the detective bureau of the Blackman-Leoni Township Department of Public Safety at 517-788-4223.