- Associated Press - Saturday, June 14, 2014

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - A fire has broken out at a waste transfer station in Kalamazoo.

WWMT-TV reports a fire alarm at the Republic Services facility alerted authorities to the blaze just after 4 a.m. on Saturday.

According to WOOD-TV, no one was inside at the time of the fire.

The Kalamazoo Gazette says firefighters from three area departments arrived to find a large pile of burning trash inside the building.

Kalamazoo Public Safety Lt. Lance Handlogten says extreme heat weakened the steel-framed building and caused a portion of the roof and wall to collapse.

Heavy construction equipment had been brought in by 10 a.m. to help clear debris from the collapse so the remaining pockets of fire could be extinguished.

The building is considered to be a total loss.

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