American Legion Post in Ypsilanti destroyed by fire (Update2)

February 11, 2008 by  
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American Legion Post 282 in Downtown Ypsilanti is destroyed by fire. (Steve Pierce,

The American Legion Post 282 on South Huron in Downtown Ypsilanti was destroyed by fire last night. The fire started in the back of the building in the kitchen bar area. City of Ypsilanti firefighters were first on the scene about 11:30p Sunday and found the back of the building engulfed in flames.

Firefighters from five departments responded including the City of Ypsilanti, Ypsilanti Township, City of Ann Arbor, Pittsfield Township, and Superior Township. They battled the fire through out the night in bitterly cold weather finally leaving the scene well after 8am. Huron Street remained closed for most of the morning.

Ypsilanti firefighters were called back twice more today as flames and smoke re-erupted from the pile of debris. Ypsilanti firefighters then assisted Post members to retrieve priceless artifacts and records from inside the building. The post has been in the same location for some 80 years.

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    [Update 2 — Feb 12, 2008 7.41p] Corrected misspelling, changed time from 4am to 8am when firefighters left the scene. The errors were in reporting by


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