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Fordson Cleaners Damaged in Second Fire This Year

The east Dearborn business had just reopened following a fire in March.

Just two weeks after reopened , the east Dearborn business was ablaze again Tuesday night.

The Dearborn Fire Department was called to the scene at 9:47 p.m., with reports of smoke billowing out of the front doors.

The business was closed at the time; no one was inside.

Battalion Chief Richard Cunningham said that trucks from stations 1, 3 and 4 responded to the fire, which was out by 10:15 p.m.

Dearborn police closed down Michigan Avenue just east of Schaefer Road for about an hour. The westbound side of the road was reopened just before 11 p.m.

Cunningham explained that the fire was contained within the building, and that clothing stored within the front of the store was not damaged. However, Cunningham added that the extent of the damage was not yet known.

The cause of the fire also remained unknown Tuesday night.

Fordson Cleaners, which has been in business since 1949, suffered more severe damage in the March fire. Renovations were extensive, and the business reopened in late August, .

"As bad as the fire was, I've got a smile on my face," owner Mike Partrich told Channel 4.

Partrich also reported while it was still under construction. Items stolen included a water meter, copper piping and a back-flow preventer.

Partrich was on the scene Tuesday night, but was unavailable for comment as he assisted the fire department in surveying the damage and cause of the fire to his business.

Marium Wilke September 12, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I hope that this fire was not as severe as the first...I can only hope that Mr.Partich keeps the spirit of rebuilding and staying in Dearborn at the top pf his list..His cleaners and employees have kept many people with their dry cleaning needs...BEST WISHES on bringing your business up and running again..!
bitsy08 September 12, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I don't know why he's smiling. If I had two fires, I would think that maybe some of my customers would be thinking they need to find somewhere else to take their cleaning. I have antique sheets Fordson has pressed for me and I shudder to think what would have happened to them in either fire. They are irreplaceable. Fordson has always done a bang-up job for anything I've taken to them but this scares me. Why two fires? Carelessness or does someone maybe want his property? What gives?
Shana September 12, 2012 at 07:09 PM
He was not smiling at the second fire...but when Channel 4 interviewed him after he re-opened. Also, not carelessness...just two unfortunate circumstances. I wish him well and know that he has done everything he can to keep his business going and his employees working.

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