Montcalm Township home saved from fire, dog rescued

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 9:39 am on Monday, October 15, 2012

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP —A Montcalm Township home is still standing today after a quick response from multiple fire departments Saturday afternoon.

Firefighters from the Montcalm Township Fire Department were dispatched to a fire at 11570 W. Sidney Road at 4:22 p.m.

Montcalm Township Fire Chief Clif Dickinson said no flames were visible once they arrived on scene, but a fire that began in the basement of the structure began to grow and assistance from the Maple Valley Township Spencer Township and Lakeview District fire departments was called in.

“When we pulled on scene, there were no flames,” Dickinson said. “We kept the damage pretty minimal. One end of the house was not even touched (by the fire).”

According to Dickinson, the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it is believed to have started in the basement.

No one was home at the time of the fire and no one was injured.

The home is owned by Dave Briscoe of Montcalm Township.

Dickinson said thanks to efforts by Lt. Ryan Hyde and firefighter Brad Patteen, a dog that was in the house at the time of the fire was rescued.

“Lt. Hyde spotted the dog, which was unconscious in the house,” Dickinson said. “Brad picked up the dog and rescued it. By the time we had the fire out, the dog was up and running around.”

Patteen was one of three new firefighters hired by the department last week.

“He’s going to be a great asset to this department,” Dickinson said.

Dickinson said the house is not currently livable because of smoke and water damage, but the structure itself was saved.

“We were out there for about three hours and used 6,000 gallons of water,” he said.

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