No one injured in fires

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published July 17, 2017

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The St. Clair Shores Fire Department battled two fires July 13-14 that appeared to be accidental in nature.

The first broke out around 11 a.m. July 13 in the 30000 block of Rosebriar Street.

Fire Marshal M. Bodnar said that four people live in the home, but only the oldest son was there at the time, with his girlfriend and dog. The couple was in the house when neighbors pounded on the door to tell them that there was smoke pouring out of the vent of the garage, which the family uses for entertainment.

“They were in there several hours before playing video games and smoking,” Bodnar said. “Something slipped into the cushions of the furniture.”

She said the fire began as a result of a cigarette not being fully extinguished. Firefighters found heavy smoke and flames when they arrived, but were able to put out the fire in the detached garage. No one was injured. Bodnar said that, in her opinion, the structure is salvageable.

Around 12:40 p.m. July 14, firefighters were called to the 20000 block of Bayside for a fire in a two-story house.

The female resident and her granddaughter arrived home to find the house filled with smoke and flames coming from the kitchen. The residents tried to put the fire out with a garden hose but were unable to do so.

Firefighters were able to find two dogs who were hiding in the home and a firefighter had to resuscitate one of the dogs, Bodnar said. Both small dogs suffered from smoke inhalation, but are expected to recover.

Bodnar said there was smoke damage throughout the home but she believes the house will be salvageable. No injuries were reported.

The fire is believed to have started because the stove was left on when the occupants left the home.

“Please verify that you turned everything off before you leave the house,” Bodnar said. “We did not discover any working smoke detectors in the house.”