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Fire destroys at least half of former Lansing Feed Service

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Fire crews spent much of the afternoon Monday battling a blaze at the former Lansing Feed Service in Lansing.

Lansing Fire Chief Tony Becker says the call came in just before 2 p.m.

"There was a guy doing some welding in there, something sparked, and it just took off from there," Becker said.

He estimates the fire did about $200,000 worth of damage to the building. Half of it is a total loss, while the other half sustained heavy smoke and water damage, he said.

The building and Lansing Feed Service were owned by Daryl Bolson for nearly 30 years. He passed away in 2014.

"There's a lot of history with that building," Becker said. "It was sad to see it on fire."

The building's new owner says he didn't have insurance on the building, and didn't have any plans for it.  He says he was just happy no one was injured in the fire.

The Lansing Fire Department had to deal with hot temperatures as they battled the blaze Monday afternoon.

Becker says two firemen were treated for heat-related issues on scene, but didn't need to go to the hospital.

Despite the heat issues, Becker says he was impressed with his crew's ability to fight a much larger fire then they are used to seeing.

"I thought we did very well. We do a lot of extensive training, so we're prepared for something like this. In the last couple of months, we've actually done a lot of training on some live house burnings, so we were prepared."

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