Crews clean up debris after massive fire in Lapeer

The massive fire in downtown Lapeer Tuesday evening caused mostly water and minor smoke damage to the Pix Theater.

Crews spent much of Wednesday sifting through debris, cleaning up from an apartment fire that threatened an entire city block in downtown Lapeer Tuesday evening.

Neighbors and business owners watched in awe and fear as firefighters from seven departments doused water on the fire, working to keep it from spreading to the historic Pix Theater.

â??At this point anyway, it appears [the damage] all going to be very minor it won't take us very long at all to get [the Pix] back open,â?? Lapeer Fire Chief Terry Kluge said.

Just down W. Nepessing Street Debra Watterworth taught her sewing class, as scheduled. Hers was one of the several businesses saved from damage.

â??We're just grateful. It was a long night and we're glad it's over with,â?? Watterworth said.

Other businesses on the block had some smoke and water damage but officials say it could have been much worse.

Lapeer City Manager Dale Kerbyson said, â??Downtown's open and operating, ready for business, and we're going to have things back to normal as soon as we can.â??

State fire investigators continue to investigate the cause of the fire. Officials have not said what caused the fire.