Quick response to fire saves majority of Montcalm Township home


By Cory Smith • Last Updated 9:18 am on Monday, November 05, 2012

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — The majority of a home and valuables inside were saved Sunday morning after firefighters were able to extinguish a fire that began in an attic.

The Montcalm Township Fire Department was dispatched at 10:14 a.m. to a structure fire at 10850 W. Holland Lake Road.

Upon arrival, Montcalm Township Fire Chief Clif Dickinson said flames could be seen coming from the roof of the home.

“(The fire) was rolling pretty good when they called us,” Dickinson said. “The homeowner could see hot embers coming out of his bedroom closet, that’s how he noticed the fire.”

Dickinson said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but he believes it was caused by a chimney fire.

“At this point I’m speculating, but it looks like a chimney fire started it,” he said.

Pam Mayberry, her boyfriend and two children were home at the time of the fire, but everyone escaped the home safely.

Dickinson said the fire was contained to the attic, saving the majority of the home.

“There was a quick response from all departments,” he said. “There is a lot of water damage, but most of the valuables inside the home were salvageable.”

Dickinson added that the homeowners did not have insurance and could not confirm whether there were smoke detectors in the home or if they were operational.

At least 3,500 gallons of water were used on scene.

The Maple Valley Township and Lakeview District fire departments assisted on scene.

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