WINFIELD TOWNSHIP — Four fire departments worked together Monday to battle a fire that destroyed a Howard City-area home and nearly all the contents inside.
According to Amble Fire Capt. Jason Schuitema, flames were showing when the department arrived at 8190 N. Bailey Road just south of M-46 around 12:23 p.m.
“The house was fully involved, flames were coming out all sides of the house,” he said. “The roof collapsed in and then the floor collapsed in, so we approached it with a defensive attack.”
Schuitema said the home, owned by Jack and Julie Ferguson, is a total loss.
“There was no saving it,” he said. “Everyone worked well together, but it was a defensive fire from the start.”
The cause of the fire is not yet known. No one was injured on scene and no one was home at the time of the fire.
“We’re still investigating the cause of the fire,” Schuitema said. “There’s so much damage, we haven’t had a chance to look around and see what we can find.”
Jack Ferguson stood at the entry of his driveway with friends and family after being informed of the fire.
“I have no idea what could have started it,” he said.
Ferguson was later treated by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services after experiencing chest pain. He said his son was one of the first to arrive on scene and kicked in the door of the house searching for his dog. He was unable to locate the dog, however, a short time later the dog emerged from nearby bushes.
Howard City, Lakeview District and Maple Valley Township assisted.