BELDING— Four people safely escaped a house fire on High Street in Belding.
A husband and wife were in the basement of their home with their two infant children around 2:15 p.m. when they noticed smoke.
The husband ran upstairs and found the back of their electric stove on fire. Flames were shooting up to the ceiling already.
The wife carried both of the children outside while the husband, a former firefighter, tried to battle the flames with a fire extinguisher before firefighters arrived.
The Belding Fire Department took the initial call from Ionia County Central Dispatch around 2:15 p.m., which indicated people were trapped in the basement. Just before firefighters arrived on the scene, dispatchers advised the people made it out.
The first firefighters on the scene immediately called for a Life EMS Ambulance unit to treat the residents. However, nobody was injured and the ambulance left the scene without transporting anyone to the hospital.
Firefighters attempted an interior attack on the blaze. They reported most of the fire had been knocked down by 2:25 p.m.
The house sustained moderate smoke and fire damage.
Firefighters will remain on the scene for a while investigating the cause, checking for hot spots and cleaning up.
The husband believes the fire started with the stove but he is not sure why. All of the burners were turned off and nothing was cooking when the fire started.