Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

August 14, 2013

Crews to remove burned bridge debris from river

KEENE TOWNSHIP — Burned remains of one of the state’s oldest covered wooden bridges will be removed from a West Michigan river.

MLive.com said that Eco Demolition of Holland will use cables to pull two large pieces of the Whites Covered Bridge debris from the Flat River.

Work is expected to start Monday morning.

The demolition company is donating the labor and equipment. A group plans to store some of the recovered material for the bridge’s rebuilding effort.

Officials have determined arson to be the cause of the July 7 fire. An accelerant was found on wood samples from the bridge.

The bridge was built in the late 1860s. It crossed the Flat River in Ionia County’s Keene Township about 15 miles east of Grand Rapids.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, http://www.mlive.com

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