Oakfield Township house destroyed by fire

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:48 am on Monday, April 01, 2013

After battling a blaze at 11380 Stultz Road in Oakfield Township, firefighters had to wash off their masks because of the smoke build-up throughout the house. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP — Multiple fire departments responded to a devastating Monday morning house fire in Oakfield Township.

At about 6:30 a.m., the Oakfield Township Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 11380 Stultz Road.

“No one was hurt,” said Fire Chief Don Riker. “Everyone made it out of the house OK.”

Riker said firefighters determined the fire started in the basement, but the cause of the fire is yet to be determined. Although the structure of the house is still standing, Riker said the house is was a total loss.

“It’s a total loss because of how much smoke and fire damage is done to the inside,” he said.

Multiple departments were called in to assist, including Spencer Township, Courtland Township, Montcalm Township and Grattan Township. Riker said the reason so many departments were called in to battle the blaze was because there were not many firefighters available.

“We are all on-call paid firefighters,” he said, noting each department only had a couple of firefighters. “Because of the time and day, we didn’t have very much manpower.”

Also assisting at the scene was Rockford Ambulance.

The homeowner was not available for comment.

Firefighters from Oakfield Township, Spencer Township, Montcalm Township and Grattan Township fire departments worked at the scene of a structure fire at 11380 Stultz Road on Monday morning. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

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