GREENVILLE — Homeowners and pets are safe after a fire started on the back deck of a northeast side Greenville home early Thursday afternoon.
The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded at about 1:45 p.m. to 1016 Van Deinse Street to a structure fire.
“It was pretty involved when they arrived,” said Michael Pousak, director of the department.
Homeowners Lori and Richard Jensen were not home at the time of the fire, and neighbors were able to get all three dogs out of the home uninjured.
“Everyone is OK,” Lori Jensen said with tears.
Although it will take a while to determine the cause of the fire, Pousak said it is believed to have started on the porch area on the back side of the house.
With water and smoke damage to the main floor, he believes the house will be a total loss.
“We are still in the process of talking with the owners,” Pousak said.
Pousak said Lori Jensen had came home for lunch and everything seems to be fine. Nikki Rausch, a friend of the Lori and Richard Jensen, said she saw the smoke and wanted to make sure it was not the Jensen’s house.
When she found out it was, she jumped into action, helping neighbors and friends get items out of the garage including a go cart, tool boxes, and more.
“I didn’t want to stop,” Rausch said of the firefighters making them stop. “But there is only so much you can do.”
The fire remains under investigation.
Belding Fire Department assisted the Greenville Department of Public Safety. The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office backed up the city while the department was on the call.