Oakfield Township resident praised for saving house from fire


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:20 am on Monday, December 31, 2012

A call from a neighbor walking his dog who spotted smoke coming from this Como Lake home Saturday evening likely saved the home burning as firefighters arrived on scene and extinguished a fire in the basement. — Cory Smith/Daily News

OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP — A family’s home was saved from a blaze on Saturday and a neighbor, who was walking his dog, is getting the credit.

“If it wasn’t for him, it would have been a total loss,” said Oakfield Township Fire Chief Don Riker.

Firefighters respond on scene to a house fire near Como Lake in Oakfield Township Saturday evening. — Daily News/Cory Smith

The Oakfield Township Fire Department responded to a house fire at about 9 p.m. at 10844 Crawford Lake Trail.

Riker said a fire was in the basement of the house, which was believed to be caused by a furnace. The furnace area and a storage room were damaged.

The living area on the main floor also received some damage, but Riker said a majority of the house was safe.

Riker said the Crawford Lake Trail neighborhood watch played huge part in saving the home. A neighbor, who was walking his dog, saw the smoke and called for help.

“A quick response (from the fire departments) helped,” he said “The neighbor saved the house. It would have been worse.”

No one was injured from the fire as the homeowners were away in Detroit.

Spencer Township and Courtland Township fire departments assisted at the scene along with Emergency Medical Services and Grattan Township air supply.

Firefighters enter and exit a home on Como Lake in Oakfield Township Saturday evening after breaking through the door in response to a fire at the residence. — Daily News/Cory Smith

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