Suttons Bay AG Support Destroyed After 2 Fires in 2 Days

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“I saw the sky very rosy. I could see smoke blowing straight up.”

A Leelanau County business is a total loss after crews responded to a second fire in as many days.

The fire, just north of Suttons Bay near Dumas and Setterbo roads, brought out three departments over the past two days.

“I just, was very upset. Prayed for my neighbors,” says neighbor Christine Anderson.

Two fires in two days; now the business is a total loss.

The first call came in after 5 Monday when the fire chief says the owner of Suttons Bay AG Support, a farming equipment garage and repair shop, was working with a machine, and there was a small flash fire.

“He was changing a fuel filter, the fire flashed. Called us,” Suttons Bay Bingham Fire chief Jim Porter said.

That fire was out quickly. The chief says they surveyed the scene and made sure of it before they left. The owner did suffer some burns at the time.

“I don’t know the extent of his burns but he did get burned, went to Munson, received treatment and came back home,” Porter said.

Crews came back for more when the call came in around 6 Tuesday morning. They put out hot spots while an excavating crew pulled the roof and the walls apart.

“Twenty to 30 percent involved. With the fuel load in there being an AG shop, tractors, oils and gases, hydraulic. It was a hot fire,” Porter said.

Neighbor Christine Anderson saw the fire when she went outside for the morning paper.

“This is a very well-known family in the area. Taken care they’ve taken care of a lot of cherry shaking equipment, harvesting equipment, tractors, for years. As long as I’ve known them and beyond,” Anderson said.

Despite his burns, the owner was at the scene Tuesday. He didn’t want to talk on camera, but his neighbors say they’ll be there to support him if there’s any way they can help.

“The whole Suttons Bay area, Leelanau County area, so many people know them for the work they do they’re very well liked. Good family,” Anderson said.

We’re told six customer tractors were in the shop at the time, and that the business is insured.