Fire destroys Greenville Community Theater warehouse


The warehouse contained all of the props, costumes, and scenery for the players in the Flat River community.

GREENVILLE, Mich. — A fire Tuesday morning in Greenville destroyed a warehouse used by the Flat River Community Players, a performing arts group.

Dispatchers confirmed the fire started at 2:10 a.m. He was called by someone passing by. Firefighters said the building was an old structure, and players said the warehouse contained all of their props, costumes, and scenery.

Four departments responded to the fire and dispatchers said no one was inside the building. No injuries were reported.

President of Flat River Community Players, Kent Schuster still doesn’t believe his second home is gone.

“I don’t know if I really believed it until I had to call work this morning and say it out loud,” Schuster said, fighting back tears.

The building is a total loss.

“It was our house,” Schuster said. “Everything we had was stored in this building.”

Schuster said the actors are performing “A Christmas Story” this weekend.

“What’s saved is what’s currently in the theater where we’re playing,” Schuster said.

The band performs at the Greenville Area Community Center, less than a mile away.

“The show has to go on, we’re going to open on Friday and hopefully we can carry on as if nothing had happened,” Schuster said.

He said several organizations have already contacted him to help him in any way they can. The FRCP launched a GoFundMe page.

“A lot of people have asked where they can send donations, at the moment we can’t take anything physical until we find a home, and I think our main focus right now is to find a home,” Schuster said.

Crews battled the blaze throughout the morning and firefighters continue to extinguish hot spots in the warehouse.

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