GREENVILLE — A Greenville family was saved after a neighbor noticed fire near the garage of the home late Monday night.
At about 10:58 p.m., the Greenville Department of Public Safety was called for a house fire at 623 E. Washington Street Monday.
Carla and Barry Nye were getting ready for bed when Carla Nye noticed a small fire in the garbage can near the garage of the house that sits behind their property.
“I sent my husband to investigate, but when he got to the house, the garage was also on fire,” Carla Nye said.
Barry Nye said he then went to the windows and started pounding on them to wake up the Playter family and get them out.
“That house was really old,” Barry Nye said, noting he lived there a long time ago. “I knew it wouldn’t take long (for the fire to spread).”
Chad Playter said he, his wife and two kids – ages 4 and 7 – were in bed sleeping when Barry Nye started pounding on the windows.
Playter then grabbed the kids and got everyone out.
“The house was older and the thought of that has always made me nervous,” Playter said.
The Playter family did have fish tanks in the house, but no other animals.
According to Greenville Department of Public Safety Sgt. Brian Blomstrom, when the department arrived on scene, the attached garage was fully involved along with the back of the house.
Because of the size, Belding Fire Department was also called in to help extinguish the fire.
“It was very labor intensive,” Blomstrom said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation, and it is unclear how much damage was done to the inside of the house as firefighters were still battling the blaze into the early hours of Tuesday.
Two vehicles were inside of the garage and the firefighters had a difficult time getting them extinguished.
Washington Street (M-57), between the Flat River and Walnut Street, was closed while the departments worked to extinguish the fire.
According to Blomstrom the home was insured.
Greenville and Belding were assisted by Montcalm Township and Lakeview District fire departments and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police for equipment refills and road closures.
Montcalm County EMS also assisted on scene.
Fire investigators will be on scene this week to try to determine the cause of the fire.