Debbie Brown spent her day Friday sitting in her car keeping warm. The Montrose resident had to leave her apartment after the barn behind her residence caught fire.
"I'm a bundle of nerves. I ran around like crazy trying to gather up all my important papers and what I could because I didn't know what to expect. I've never been in a fire before," Brown said.
It all started Friday morning on Mckinley road just north of town. That's when the building containing wood and heavy equipment went up in flames. Seven departments from Genesee and Saginaw counties converged on the smoky scene. Montrose deputy fire chief George Taylor was the first to arrive.
"I came up Mckinley Road, when I hit Farrand Road I had heavy black smoke in the air and I started calling for tankers and manpower at that point. When I pulled up I couldn't even get by the house the heat was so bad," Taylor said.
Turns out things would've been a lot worse had it not been for the quick action of the firefighters. They knocked down the flames in the barn before they could reach two other houses on the property.
"I'm more proud of my guys than myself. They listen, they take the order and did the job like it was supposed to be done," Taylor said.
Crews spent close to six hours trying to put out hot spots and finish off the last of the flames. Meanwhile, Brown is just happy she'll be back in her apartment soon.
"Everybody got out OK. And all the departments were here really quick and I'm just thankful that they were here so fast," Brown said.
Investigators don't know what caused the fire. However, they don't believe the blaze is suspicious.
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