DOUGLASS TOWNSHIP — A house on Lake Stanton is a partial loss early this afternoon after a fire broke out in the middle of the home.
Stanton Community Fire Department was dispatched to 4237 E. Shore Drive in Stanton just before 11 a.m. for a structure fire at the residence.
“Neighbors said residents left just prior to the fire breaking out,” said Assistant Fire Chief Dawayne Petermen. “We don’t believe anyone was home.”
Petermen described the home as a retrofitted mobil home, which he noted mobil homes are usually a total loss in a short amount of time.
However, Stanton Community Fire Department has been holding training sessions on local lakes for instances such as this one to use the lake water instead of having to call in tankers, which is what helped to partial save this home.
“It paid off big time,” said firefighter Richard Enness, noting it took about 30 minutes to knock down the fire.
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, but it appears to have started in the central part of the house, Petermen said.
When Enness arrived on scene, he said flames were coming through the roof.
Half of the house appears to only have smoke damage, Petermen said.
Montcalm Township Fire Department assisted at the scene. Day Township Fire Department was also called but disregarded later on.
Montcalm Township and Stanton Community fire departments serve as auto aids to each other, meaning once one is dispatched the other is dispatched as well.
Petermen said this is something he hopes all fire departments do with each other because it cuts down on waiting time if one fire department were to need backup.
According to Montcalm County property tax information, Jannie Moore owns the house.
Three dogs were outside in a pen at the home and did not appear to be injured.
Firefighters were still on scene as of 1 p.m. today.