Fire destroys facility in Newaygo County

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ASHLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) -- Flames broke out at Riveridge Cider Company in Newaygo County Tuesday evening. 

Dispatchers said the call came in around 9:30 p.m. for a fire at cider producers facility, located on Ferris Avenue just west of M-37 in Ashland Township, west of Grant. 

Thirteen fire departments were called in to battle the flames, according to dispatchers.

Crews battled the flames until 1:30 a.m. Wednesday in what they say was a defensive fire fight.

The facility's two main buildings that are interconnected burned out of control, one was used for storage and the other for processing.

Authorities are not sure which building the fire started in. 

Grant Fire crews credit their preparedness to their pre-crisis walkthrough, and the fact that no one was inside at the time of the fire. 

Riveridge Cider Company used to be Moore Orchards.

Authorities have not released an estimate for total financial value lost in the flames.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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