Fenton Twp. — Approximately six fire departments responded to a house fire on Lake Farms Court, off Silver Lake Road, in Fenton Township on Monday, May 27 around 7 p.m.
Parts of the east side of the roof were engulfed in flames as firefighters from Fenton Township, Fenton City, Mundy Township, Linden, Grand Blanc and Hartland Township used hoses to douse the fire on the 3,200-square-foot two-story brick home.
Fenton Township Fire Chief Ryan Volz said the family was barbecuing with charcoal on the deck. The fire grew, and the wind caused the flames to quickly spread to nearby shrubbery and the house. However, Volz still hasn’t had an opportunity to sit down with the owner of the house to confirm everything.
“There wasn’t an explosion,” he said. “Right now, we’re at accidental. It happened quick.”
The father was mowing the lawn at the time and the rest of the family was inside. Everyone was able to get out safe.
Firefighters from those departments were on scene from around 6:50 p.m. Monday to 2:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. On Tuesday, at 10:30 a.m., 911 was called again because smoke was rising from the house.
Volz said there were two spots embedded in the basement that firefighters couldn’t get to because the first floor collapsed.
“We had to get in through a walk-out window. Lots of stuff on top can come down,” he said. The roof above the garage started burning again. Fenton Township, Fenton City, Linden, Burton Mt. Morris Station 2 and Swartz Creek responded to the Tuesday fire.
That area of Fenton Township does not have municipal water lines, so firefighters had to truck in water from a hydrant on Silver Lake Road in the city of Fenton and Mundy Township.
“We had help from Brian Will (Linden fire chief). We had a whole slew of departments to keep fresh bodies going in and out,” Volz said.
He’s in contact with Michigan State Police for help in getting a cause of origin for the fire. He said the house is a total loss and that the family was able to stay with relatives.