Quick response, smart thinking saves Greenville home from basement fire


By Cory Smith • Last Updated 10:53 am on Friday, January 17, 2014

A house fire in the basement at 933 S. Franklin St. in Greenville on Thursday morning was quickly extinguished by firefighters, preventing the fire from doing damage to the rest of the house. — Daily News/Cory Smith

 

GREENVILLE — A quick response by firefighters and smart thinking by three children helped in stopping a basement fire from spreading through a Greenville home Thursday morning.

Firefighters from the Greenville Department of Public Safety were dispatched to a basement fire at 933 S. Franklin St. at 6:45 a.m.

Engine 1 arrived on scene less than two minutes later with one firefighter aboard at 6:46 a.m. to find that a fire had “begun to smolder” in the basement, according to Sgt. Brian Blomstrom.

“Our firefighters found a small fire in the basement and extinguished it very quickly,” Blomstrom said. “When they got there they could see the glow at the bottom of the stairwell. They stopped it from spreading anywhere in the house.”

Blomstrom said he believes the damage to the house is minimal. No one was injured.

“The fire smoldered down there for a while,” he said. “There was dirt, debris and soot in the other areas of the house, but the house is in very good condition still.”

The home belongs to Michael and Else Gooding.

According to Blomstrom, three children were home during the fire and acted quickly, following proper procedure.

“They smelled smoke,” he said. “They noticed the door of the basement was warm and immediately left the house.”

A neighbor then called 9-1-1 to report the fire.

Blomstrom said he was pleased to see the children were educated properly on what to do during a fire.

“It’s good to see that the education of people when it comes to fire prevention works,” he said. “It makes a big difference and that was demonstrated here today.”

The cause of the fire is not known and remains under investigation.

Blomstrom said it was a combination of a quick response time and strong efforts from off-duty firefighters that led to a successful knockdown of the fire.

“The quick response of on-duty personnel as well as the response from off-duty and part-paid firefighters that come in from home, that was why we were successful today.”

The Belding Fire Department, which was called to the scene “as a precautionary measure,” according to Blomstrom, and Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, assisted on scene.

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