Pleasant RidgeAugust 28, 2014
Appliances believed to be cause of house fire
By Joshua Gordon
C & G Staff Writer
PLEASANT RIDGE — During the evening Aug. 13, Ferndale firefighters responded to a residential fire on Hanover Road, in Pleasant Ridge, after a neighbor reported seeing smoke coming from the second floor.
Ferndale Fire Marshall Brian Batten said the cause of the fire still is undetermined, but it is believed it started near some electrical appliances and outlets in a bedroom on the second floor.
“A neighbor called in and said they saw smoke coming out of the eaves right before sundown,” Batten said. “The fire was on the second floor in the bedroom area, and we are looking at some appliances, such as the television and such, and looking into if that was the cause.”
Batten said the couple that lived at the house were out of state on vacation and were called to come back home the next day. There were no injuries caused by the fire, and the three cats that lived at the home were able to make it out unharmed.
The estimated damage to the home, Batten said, is between $40,000-$45,000.
Batten said the firefighters were able to contain the fire to the one bedroom on the second floor, but there was some heavy smoke damage in other areas of the second floor. Batten will meet with a private fire investigator to determine the cause of the fire.
“The fire was accidental and not suspicious in any way, but we are just trying to figure out what caused it exactly,” he said. “We try to tell people normally that any electronics that are plugged in, like the TV or VCR, if they are gone for an extended period of time, to unplug it and any adaptor. You still have electricity going through the wiring system, and we are not sure if that is exactly what caused this fire, but it appears that way and we just need to look into it further.”
The cities of Ferndale and Pleasant Ridge have an agreement that sees the Ferndale Fire Department covering fire services in Pleasant Ridge.
Batten said that despite early detection from a neighbor, the fire might have caused less damage if the home had a working smoke alarm, as it may have caught the attention of a neighbor sooner.
“The one thing we noted is they did do some things right, like they closed some doors, and that prevented the fire spreading up to the third floor, but the house did not have any working smoke alarms or any smoke alarms on the second or third floor,” he said.
“There is a good possibility, if they had smoke alarms, someone might have detected it a little sooner from the noise. It was kind of a quiet evening and people were out and about.”