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Rosebush landmark up in flames

Photo by Ken Kadwell, free-lance photographer for the Morning Sun

Photo by Ken Kadwell, free-lance photographer for the Morning Sun

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Photo courtesy of Ken Kadwell,
free-lance photographer for the Morning Sun

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Fire personnel from ten departments helped to battle a huge fire in frigid temperatures at Bauman’s Superette in Rosebush Thursday night. The landmark business was declared a total loss.
Photo courtesy of Ken Kadwell,
free-lance photographer for the Morning Sun

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Photo taken Thursday morning by P. Maurer

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Rubble from the fire at Bauman’s Superette in Rosebush was still smoldering Thursday morning. Officials believe the fire started in or near the compressor room.
Photo taken Thursday morning by P. Maurer

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A landmark in Rosebush is no more.
All that was left of Bauman’s Superette, at 4130 East Rosebush Road, was rubble Thursday morning. The building was completely destroyed in a Wednesday night fire. The business, formerly Bauman’s IGA, became a Superette when gas pumps were added about 18 years ago. It was located just east of downtown Rosebush. The building was built by the Bauman family many years ago.
The call came in to the Isabella North East Fire Department around 8:15 p.m. according to information on the Morning Sun website. Reportedly employees noticed clouds of heavy smoke coming from the rear area of the building and immediately evacuated everyone from the business.
Within minutes the building was full of smoke and flame according to witnesses.
More than 45 firefighters from ten departments battled the fire in frigid temperatures late into the night.
The business was a total loss.
Officials believe the fire may have started in or near the compressor room, although the exact cause of the fire has not yet been determined.
Departments assisting at the scene included the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, Shepherd Fire Department, Coleman Fire Department, Clare Fire Department, Surrey Township Fire and Nottawa-Sherman Fire Department. Mobile Medical Response was also on the scene.
No injuries were reported.

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