Fire damages vacant home in Greenville


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:47 am on Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to a house fire at 600 E. Fairplains Street in Greenville. The home was vacant and the cause is yet to be determined. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — A vacant home was damaged by a fire Monday night in Greenville after a neighbor called 911 when they saw smoke.

The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to 600 E. Fairplains St., which sits empty on the corner of Cedar Street.

The call came in to Montcalm County Central Dispatch at about 9 p.m., said Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Michael Pousak.

“The home is vacant and no one was inside,” Pousak said, “Once the fire is completely out we will check again.”

According to Pousak, neighbors said they occasionally see people – like “squatters” – going in and out of the residence.

When firefighters arrived on scene, the attached garage was fully involved and the fire had spread to the back of the home.

A house at 600 E. Fairplains Street in Greenville was damaged by a fire that started at about 9 p.m. Monday night. The fire started in the garage and spread around to the back of the home. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Pousak said they were worried about another empty house located to the east of the burning garage and the firefighters first on scene kept that house wet to prevent it from catching fire until more responders arrived.

As of Monday night, Pousak said they did not have a cause of the fire, but will continue their investigation in the morning.

“We don’t know the cause at this time,” Pousak said. “We can’t rule out the potential of (it being an arson).”

Belding Fire Department and Emergency Medical Services also assisted at the scene.

 

 

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