By John Tunison
ALLEGAN TOWNSHIP, MI -- Fire investigators are looking at a wood-pellet stove as a possible source for a fire that destroyed a former country store north of Allegan that stood for more than a century.
The fire at the former Miner Lake Store, 2607 122nd Avenue, was reported about 2:40 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Allegan Township Fire Chief Nick Brink said the store had stopped operating several years ago and the structure was used as a family home.
He said a man, woman and two children and two dogs escaped the fire.
Firefighters arrived to find the back of the structure on fire and the flames spread quickly from there.
"It was a very dry old building," he said. "We did the best we could to save it."
Fire departments from Hopkins, Salem Township, Hamilton and Gobles nPine Grove assisted Allegan Township firefighters.
A web page was established to raise funds from the occupants.
According to that page, the structure was built around 1900 and, in the past, had been a post office, train depot and country store.
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