Fires break out at two Royal Oak homes

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published July 15, 2019

 An early morning fire caused extensive damage to the living room and roof of a home in the 2100 block of Laurome Drive July 7.

An early morning fire caused extensive damage to the living room and roof of a home in the 2100 block of Laurome Drive July 7.

Photo provided by Dennis Walus

 Firefighters responded to a fire at a home in the 1100 block of Cedar Hill Drive the afternoon of June 26 after a next-door neighbor noticed flames and attempted to curb the blaze using a garden hose.

Firefighters responded to a fire at a home in the 1100 block of Cedar Hill Drive the afternoon of June 26 after a next-door neighbor noticed flames and attempted to curb the blaze using a garden hose.

Photo provided by Dennis Walus

ROYAL OAK — In the past several weeks, there have been two house fires, as well as a trailer fire and a car fire, in the city of Royal Oak.

Fire officials believe all of the fires were accidental.

The first house fire took place at a home in the 1100 block of Cedar Hill Drive, near 12 Mile and Crooks roads. A next-door neighbor observed flames low on the ground at approximately 1:18 p.m. June 26, Fire Marshal Andy Blevins said.

“He said he heard a noise that caused him to look out the window, and he saw smoke, so then he went outside,” Blevins said. “He tried to put it out with a garden hose, but by that time it was starting to climb up the wall.”

Blevins said the fire started outside the home and then spread to the inside.

“It got into the attic area, and the fire raged pretty good inside the attic. This was like an addition area of the house, and the whole roof structure is seriously damaged,” he said.

He said the cause of the fire is uncertain, but that it might involve some pool equipment, and the investigation is ongoing.

“I believe the firefighters left a little before 3:30,” Blevins said. “It didn’t take them that long, but they did have some issues accessing the fire that was up in the attic. They were able to put it out relatively quickly and did an awesome job.”

The second house fire took place at a home in the 2100 block of Laurome Drive, near Crooks Road and Northwood Boulevard. A neighbor spotted the blaze while walking his dog at approximately 5:09 a.m. July 7, Blevins said.

“(Firefighters) arrived and the northeast corner of the house was burning. They saw flames through the roof. The fire was going pretty good before we even got called and got there,” he said.

He said the Fire Department is still investigating the blaze, which caused a lot of damage to the roof and living room area.

“It damaged the supports of the ceiling. Some of that had collapsed, and a skylight in that area was damaged,” Blevins said. “(Firefighters) had to pull some ceiling down and create some extra damage to find where the fire went.”

Despite the fire being contained to one end of the home, Blevins said the whole house sustained smoke and water damage. He said fire crews cleared the scene at approximately 12:12 p.m.

None of the residents of either home were present during the fires.

At approximately 1:39 a.m. July 10, firefighters responded to a fire in an enclosed aluminum utility trailer, which was parked in a residential driveway in the 2900 block of Bamlet Road, near 13 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, Blevins said.

He said the trailer, which had been parked since approximately 5:30 p.m. the previous evening, contained tools and floor finishing equipment, including wooden flooring, sanders, buffers, strippers, a dust collector, hoses and extension cords.

“It completely burned up,” he said, adding that he doubted fire officials could figure out what caused the fire. He said firefighters cleared the scene at approximately 4:23 a.m.

At approximately 2:39 p.m. July 3, Blevins said, fire crews responded to and promptly extinguished an engine fire in a 2015 Volvo, which was parked in a residential driveway in the 600 block of South Vermont Avenue, near East Fourth Street and South Campbell Road.

“(The fire) wasn’t inside the passenger compartment,” he said. “Nobody was hurt.”