Intersection of State and East Liberty closed after report of smoke coming from MDen
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The intersection at State and East Liberty streets was been closed by Ann Arbor firefighters while they responded to a report of smoke coming from the basement of the MDen.
Firefighters blocked off the State and East Liberty intersection and were not allowing cars to turn right from North University Avenue to State Street.
Two trucks were on scene as of noon Tuesday, prepared to fight a potential fire.
Ann Arbor Fire Battalion Chief Randy Menard told the Michigan Daily that a discarded cigarette caused the smoke. The smoking cigarette was flung outside of the entrance to the store’s basement, and the heating system circulated the smoke through its lower level, according to the Daily. Menard said there were never flames in the basement.
The Ann Arbor Fire Department could not be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon.
La Marsa and the MDen, 303 South State St., were both evacuated.