Blaze at vacant Maple Valley Township home proves difficult to put out


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 11:41 pm on Friday, February 15, 2013

MAPLE VALLEY TOWNSHIP —  Multiple fire departments worked together for hours Thursday night in attempts of putting out a structure fire at a vacant home.

Maple Valley Township Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 9:46 p.m. at 5370 N. Bailey Road, just down the road from the department.

According to Lakeview District Fire Department Fire Chief Patrick Q. Carr, who assisted at the scene, the structure was fully involved when it was called into Montcalm Central Dispatch.

“The fire had a big jump (on the departments) and the house collapsed,” Carr said.

Because the house collapsed, it made the fire difficult to put out. With the house being vacant, no one was injured in the fire.

Carr said firefighters were on scene for about four hours.

Because of weather conditions and the roads being very icy, the Montcalm County Road Commission was on scene salting the roads to make it safe for the departments.

Maple Valley Township Fire Department was also assisted by Amble Fire Department and Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services.

Maple Valley Township Fire Department did not answer calls made by The Daily News Friday.

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