This was the scene on rosemary street in lansing township Monday morning. Around 10:30,,, the adams plating company went up in flames -- smoke could be seen for miles.
"There was one person in the building," Lansing Township Fire Chief Richard Curry said. "He had come out when we arrived."
The Lansing Township Fire Chief said the man -- who a separate source said is the owner -- was transported to Sparrow Hospital with serious burns.
No one else was inside at the time.
Putting the fire out for the two departments who responded, became the next challenge because of the nature of the business.
"This particular facility is a hazardous storage site and as part of the plan, we will let some of the chemicals burn instead of becoming part of the runoff with the water," Curry said.
The concern is for the chemicals stored inside, like cyanide, which if breathed in could cause serious problems, which is why the area south of the building was evacuated or residents were asked to stay inside with the windows and doors sealed.
"People potentially could breathe it in and some of it is poisonous, so it would be like injecting poison into your body," Sgt. Robert Ott of the Ingham County Emergency Management Team said.
Which is why residents were asked to stay away or stay indoors. For those who were already out, they were ushered upwind for their protection.
"I smelled it, I didn't hear it," Neighbor Christopher Davis said. "I have two dogs and I was worried what the smell would do."
It took several hours to burn off the chemicals, but the work is not complete.
Hazmat crews will stay throughout the night cleaning up the site, Rosemary Street will remain closed during that time.
The building is a total loss, the cause of the fire is still unknown. So far no one has reported any injuries from breathing in smoke.