JUST IN: Home Township residence destroyed in fire, dog perishes

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 9:14 am on Thursday, March 27, 2014

HOME TOWNSHIP — A two-story home was destroyed by fire Wednesday afternoon after firefighters from three departments battled the blaze for nearly six hours.

The Home Township Fire Department was dispatched at 2:39 p.m. to 7620 N. Academy Road to the call of a structure fire east of Edmore and just south of M-46.

Fire Chief Randy Linton said flames were showing on scene and firefighters immediately began fighting the flames defensively.

“It was fully involved when we got there,” he said. “It’s a total loss and there was also some damage to the house next to it. It was a pretty hot fire.”

Linton said the cause of the fire is not known at this time and remains under investigation, although it is not considered to be suspicious. No people were home at the time of the fire, though a dog perished inside the house.

According to Montcalm County tax records, the home is owned by Vickie Cole. Linton said the husband and wife who live at the home did not have insurance.

Due to the size of the home, which Linton said formerly served as a hotel before being repurposed as a residence, assistance was required by neighboring fire departments.

Mutual aid was called from Richland Township and Day Township fire departments for extra manpower and water tankers.

According to Linton, water was retrieved from fire hydrants in Edmore after the fire burned electrical lines, killing the power to wells providing water to hydrants around the nearby Cedar Lake.

Linton said his department was called back to the scene at 11:04 p.m. for a rekindling of the fire.

“It was a minor flare up,” he said.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services also assisted at the scene.

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