Fire rips through Genesee Township plaza

      Crews battle the fire in Genesee Township Wednesday morning. / Jason DuBois

      An overnight fire at a Genesee Township plaza destroyed an abandoned pet shop, and caused smoke damage inside several other businesses.

      The call came in around 2 a.m., and six separate crews responded to the scene.

      "That's undetermined at this time. Were still investigating," said Genesee Township Battalion Chief Steve McClain.

      "I was coming up the stairs and I just saw this bright red light outside my back window and heard knocking at the door," said Chris Abueita, who runs a party store in the plaza with his parents.

      A fire wall kept the store from going up in flames.

      A tanning salon and Sam's Coney Island were also protected from the flames by the walls.