2017-05-17 / News

Quick thinking trooper puts out building fire


Michigan State Police Trooper Travis Hatfield, along with Lapeer Fire & Rescue and Deerfield Township Fire Dept. units, helped to put out a fire at the old Cheese and Wine Shoppe on North Lapeer Road on Friday. 
Photo by Phil Foley Michigan State Police Trooper Travis Hatfield, along with Lapeer Fire & Rescue and Deerfield Township Fire Dept. units, helped to put out a fire at the old Cheese and Wine Shoppe on North Lapeer Road on Friday. Photo by Phil Foley MAYFIELD TWP. — Michigan State Police Trooper Travis Hatfield, who is also a firefighter with Lapeer Fire & Rescue, around 1 p.m. Friday spotted smoke coming from the back of the old Cheese and Wine Shoppe on North Lapeer Road.

Lapeer Fire & Rescue Chief Terry Kluge said it appears burning embers from a trash barrel about 10 feet from the back of the building blew into some debris and set the store’s back wall alight.

He said Hatfield, using an extinguisher from his patrol car, was able to knock the flames down before other Lapeer Fire & Rescue and Deerfield Township Fire Dept. units arrived.

Matt Pins, owner of H&S Market on North Saginaw Road, said he’s in the process of remodeling the store to be the new home for his specialty meat market.

“It’s a better property,” he said, noting at 2,880 square feet it’s 880 square feet larger than where he’s been for the past 12 years and it’s a more visible location.

Fire damage was limited to the building’s back wall and a small section of the roof. Pins doesn’t believe that will interfere with opening his new location, which he’s expected to do sometime in July.

— Phil Foley

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