Pierson house fire under investigation

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:06 am on Friday, June 29, 2012

PIERSON — A house is a total loss after two fires hit a Pierson residence on Wednesday.

Sand Lake Fire Department responded to a structure fire at about 10 a.m. at 71 Cherry Street with assistance from Howard City Fire Department.

The fire was in the basement, toward the front of the house, said Howard City Assistant Fire Chief Keith Grannis, just above the breaker box.

“(Howard City Fire Department) was not there for very long,” Grannis said.

A couple hours after leaving, Howard City Fire Department was called back at about 1 p.m. to assist Sand Lake Fire Department again.

“It was the same address and a fully involved fire,” he said.

This time the fire was in the attic at the back of the house.

Although the fire was mainly contained to the attic, Grannis said the house was a complete loss, estimating about $50,000 to $60,000 worth of damage.

Because Sand Lake Fire Department was in charge at the scene and responsible for the investigation, Grannis did not know the cause of the second fire.

Grannis said Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene, but did not believe anyone was hurt.

Sand Lake Fire Department could not be reached before deadline for comments.

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