By Sue Suchyta
Sunday Times Newspapers
RIVERVIEW – Fire Department officials reported an early morning fire Aug. 8 at Brock Sweeping Inc., 18235 Krause, as suspicious pending further investigation.
Police arrived at 5:45 a.m. Monday following a fire alarm signal and a caller reporting an explosion and flames at the location.
Officers observed heavy black smoke coming from the interior of the garage storage area while they waited for firefighters to secure the scene.
Donald Brock, father of business owner Thomas Brock, arrived 10 minutes after police arrived. He said the company’s truck drivers have regular access to the building, with the night shift working from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
The night manager reported to police by phone that he and two drivers worked the night shift from the evening of Aug. 7 to the morning of Aug. 8, and he was currently with one of the night drivers. The driver said he left the building at 4:30 a.m. Aug. 8 and did not see anything suspicious at that time.
The night manager said he had no contact information on the other night driver. He was advised to give the information to fire officials for follow up.
Brock said the business relocated from from Wyandotte three to four years ago.
He said also business had declined recently, and overhead costs made it difficult to make a sizable profit given current economic conditions.
A mechanic, who arrived on site after being contacted by Brock, said he usually arrives at the business at 7 a.m. but his hours had been cut recently and he was scheduled to arrive at 8 a.m. Aug. 8. He said he had not seen any suspicious activity in the area recently.
Thomas Brock arrived on site, but was not immediately questioned about information relevant to the fire investigation.
The extent of damage to the structure and property is unknown at this time.
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