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Grand Rapids commercial fire causes $1M in damages

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Officials say a fire at a Grand Rapids demolition and salvage business caused an estimated $1 million in damage. The fire began around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pitsch Companies, located at 675 Richmond NW near Alpine Avenue.

Late Thursday afternoon, fire inspector Kevin Robinson said the source of the fire is still undetermined. Robinson said the last workers on premises left at 8 PM.

Witnesses reported hearing explosions and saw fireballs erupt. Authorities say they were caused by burning oxygen, propane, and acetylene tanks. The fire sent a large plume of smoke over the city's West Side.

Independence Day message from your American Legion Clubs

Independence Day message from your American Legion Clubs

Happy Independence Day


This message is from your local American Legion Clubs all over our Nation:


We, as Americans, are blessed to live in the “Home of the Brave.” Join us this Independence Day in celebrating the freedoms we hold so dear, while thanking the brave men and women who fought at home and abroad, and their families who sacrificed along with them, to allow us this privilege.

On Independence Day and every day, display your American flag prominently and your American Legion Auxiliary membership proudly to spread your passion and dedication to our nation’s veterans and to the best and largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world!

May God bless America and each one of you. Happy Independence Day!

Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

Beer, Bands and BBQ start the Celebration July 3rd in Grandville for the 4th of July

July 3rd starts the celebration for the 4th of July in Grandville, MI when the 2nd Annual Beer, Band and BBQ kicks off in downtown Grandville, near the Library parking lot from 4:00 – 11:00pm.

People of all ages are welcome to join in with the live music and dinner served from 4:00 – 8:00pm with a variety of BBQ food items from $2.00 - $10.00. The live music will continue until 11:00pm but you must be 21 years of age to be in the Beer Tent after 8:00pm. Feel free to bring along a lawn chair to sit around the outside of the tent.

A variety of beer, wine coolers and Osgood Brewing will offer Sol Seeker and Journey. One hundred 2015 Beer, Band and BBQ decorative mugs will be sold for $5.00. VFW Post 702 will have flags and jewelry available for small donations for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

Alpine Avenue may go on road diet

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Plainfield Avenue is one of several in the city that have gone on "diets" in recent years - slimming down from four full lanes striped for cars only, to three lanes, including a middle turn and room on the side for bikes. Now, city traffic manager Christopher Zull says a portion of Alpine Avenue may undergo the same change.

Zull says the aim is to improve safety, as well as traffic flow. Zull says crashes would likely be reduced by a third, while creating "a more consistent" traffic flow.

The area of Alpine in particular is north of Leonard at Richmond, an area that recently was resurfaced. A public meeting about the plan was held Monday night at the Richmond Park pavilion.

Westside Stride group brings walkers & runners together

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-- The Westside Stride 5K group brings walking lovers, and running lovers together in Grand Rapids.

Jes Slaydon and Sam Gutowski stopped by WZZM to explain why they created the group.

The group meets every Tuesday at 404 Bridge Street, on the corner of Summer. Participants can walk or run the 5K route through the city, and meet new people along the way. The group gets together after the run to socialize as well. It is free to attend. After walking or running 10 times, participants will receive a special T-shirt.

For more information on the group, visit their Facebook page.

Camp Sparkle helps kids cope with loss or grief

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)-- Grief is a difficult topic to address with children. But parents don't have to attempt it alone. Gilda's Club Grand Rapids is continuing the tradition of Camp Sparkle this summer, for the eleventh year.
Camp Sparkle is an annual day camp for children entering kindergarten through entering 6th grade in the fall and that have been impacted by cancer or grief.

Camp Sparkle is every Tuesday, beginning June 30 through August 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It's at Gilda's Club Grand Rapids Clubhouse, 1806 Bridge Street NW.

Registration is now open. Those interested should contact the Clubhouse by emailing JScherer@gildasclubgr.org.

Campers may join and attend any camp date.

Visit the Gilda's Club website for more information.

Both incidents happened Tuesday evening between 7 and 8, in the areas of the Quarry & Crosby and Myrtle & Escott.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Grand Rapids police are investigating two separate cases of indecent exposure on the city's northwest side.

They both happened Tuesday evening between 7 and 8, in the areas of the Quarry & Crosby and Myrtle & Escott.

The man was riding a bicycle when he exposed himself to children. Police described him as a clean-shaven white man about 50 to 60 years old, with short gray hair, tall, and with a thin build.

Anyone with information about the incidents is asked to call Grand Rapids police at 616-456-3896 or Silent Observer at 616-774-2345.