Sidney Township home destroyed in early morning fire (Photos)

Posted by Cory Smith • Last Updated 12:13 pm on Wednesday, February 01 2012

Firefighters work to contain a fire that destroyed a home at 4709 Derby Rd. in Sidney Township this morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

SIDNEY TOWNSHIP — Residents of a Sidney Township home are safe, but a dog is missing after an early morning fire today.

A fire alarm shortly before 7 a.m. woke up Mary DeGram and her sister, Tina Perry, who was staying at the home at 4709 Derby Road. Mary’s husband, Gerrit DeGram, had already left for work.

Mary DeGram said she awoke to the smoke detector and found her living room completely engulfed in flames. She exited the home through the side door of the trailer while her sister escaped through the bedroom window.

However, Mary re-entered her home, grabbed one of her dogs and quickly exited the house again.
Of Mary’s three dogs, Charcoal, a Shar Pei lab, remains missing.

“He was my baby,” she said in tears, holding her pug-dog Lilly in her arms. “He saved my life from a fire before and now he’s gone.”

The DeGrams’ residence endured a house fire in March 2011, but was contained and extinguished.

Sheridan Community Fire Department Assistant Chief Ed Lingeman said the cause of the fire is not known, although the first firefighter on scene said the fire appeared to have started near the clothes dryer.

“The fire was fully involved when we arrived,” Lingeman said. “The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Everyone made it out OK, with the exception of one dog, who is unaccounted for.”
The trailer is a compete loss.

“We lost everything today,” Mary said. “We could use any donations, anything anyone could help us with.”
Donations may be dropped off at the DeGrams’ garage, which was not damaged by the fire.

The Stanton Community Fire Department, Montcalm County Sherif’s Department, Michigan State Police Lakeview Post and Emergency Medical Services assisted at the scene.



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