Garage fire engulfs two-story Troy home

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published June 12, 2018

 Damage for this fire that investigators believe started in the attached garage of a home on Prosper Drive are expected to exceed $100,000.

Damage for this fire that investigators believe started in the attached garage of a home on Prosper Drive are expected to exceed $100,000.

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TROY — A Troy family is homeless after the smoke and flames of a fire that started in the attached garage of a home on Prosper Drive, near Crooks and Long Lake roads, spread to the rest of the house just before 5 p.m. June 10. 

Firefighters arrived to find a fire in the garage of the large two-story home, according to a prepared statement. Fire and smoke had spread to and were visible on the first and second floors of the home. 

Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said in the release that a resident told arriving firefighters that everyone was out of the home. 

Crews first attacked the fire from the outside of the home. Once the flames had been knocked down, crews ventilated smoke from the front door, according to the report. When the smoke and flames began to dissipate, firefighters searched the home to ensure everyone was out and to stop further spread of the fire. 

Riesterer said in the report that it appears the fire started in the garage, which was destroyed. Investigators have not yet determined what caused the fire. 

The rest of the home suffered heavy fire and smoke damage. According to the report, damage estimates are incomplete, but they are expected to exceed $100,000. 

The home is inhabitable. Riesterer said the Troy Building Department has determined that the home cannot be occupied until repairs are completed. 

Riesterer explained in the report that a resident tried to put out the fire before dialing 911, which Riesterer described as a “valiant effort,” but it delayed firefighters’ response time and allowed the fire to “gain considerable headway.” 

“The Troy Fire Department reminds the public to always evacuate first,” Riesterer said in the release. “Then, dial 911 from a safe location to report the fire.”