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Fire damages Dispatch Sports Pub & Grill

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Posted at 8:47 AM, Oct 14, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-21 18:13:04-04

LANSING, Mich. — Smoke continued to fill the air shortly before noon after a fire broke out Thursday morning at the Dispatch Sports Pub & Grill in Lansing Township.

Multiple crews have been on the scene. The roof of the bar appears to have caved in and a portion of a brick wall has been taken down. The building appears to be a complete loss.

Todd Hendy, the Lansing Township fire chief, said the cause of the fire is still under investigation and it's going to be hours before they're able to get in and determine the cause.

A firefighter was taken to the hospital, but Hendy said nobody seems to have been inside the structure when the fire broke out.

They had an excavator tear down the walls so they can put more water where the fire is.

Hendy said they've been hindered by the fact that the roof failed.

"It's compartmentalized. It's got cinder block walls," he said. "There are five different cinder block walls in there. And it's just being trapped when the roof fell in, the fire is being trapped and it's making it difficult for us to get to."

Lesharion Rodgers, was at Dispatch Sports Pub & Grill last week and was shocked to find out about the fire.

“I was just inside of it like you know. In there having a good time you know a lot of good laughs, a lot of good employees there," he said. "It was like a big family, it really was.”

Bar manager Kim Terwilliger said everything was fine, and no one was in the building when she left last night at 10:30 p.m.

Hendy said they got the report about a possible structure fire at approximately around 4:24 a.m.

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