Fire officials investigate garage fire

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published November 13, 2017

 Firefighters put out a garage fire on Sheffield Street Nov. 12.

Firefighters put out a garage fire on Sheffield Street Nov. 12.

A fire that started just after 4:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the attached garage of a one-story home on Sheffield Street, near 14 Mile and Stephenson Highway, shot flames 15 to 18 feet high.

Firefighters discovered the blaze in the garage, which threatened the home — the garage is attached to the home by a breezeway. Smoke and fire were showing from the garage, and heavy smoke was visible in the attic of the home, according to a fire report.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said the single occupant had gotten out of the home before firefighters arrived and told them there was no one else inside.

Firefighters confirmed that the home was empty, and quickly extinguished the fire and ventilated smoke from the home and garage, according to a fire report. Heavy fire damage was confined to the garage, which is a total loss.

The home and garage sustained smoke damage throughout, and the home is not livable at this time. Riesterer said the investigation continues to determine the cause of the fire, and final damage estimates are incomplete.