Rochester Hills Fire Department battles fires at two homes

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published November 20, 2020

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ROCHESTER HILLS — The Rochester Hills Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire in the 1500 block of Colony Drive early Sunday morning, Nov. 15.

Firefighters arrived to find a two-story home completely engulfed in flames with the fire spreading to the home next door.

According to reports, firefighters quickly deployed a fire hose and concentrated on the second home as the first one was “totally involved.” Additional hoses were then used to extinguish the large fire at the first house.

Firefighters were at the scene for over three hours before they were able to extinguish the fires at both homes. No firefighters were injured.

In the report, Fire and Life Safety Educator John H. Lyman said the first house was “completely destroyed from the fire.” There were also two cars at that house that were “completely destroyed.” The family has lost everything and is receiving assistance from family and friends.

The second house had moderate fire and smoke damage.

All of the occupants in both homes were able to safely escape, without injury.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office. Damage estimates are nearly $300,000 for both homes.

The Rochester Hills Fire Department is reminding residents that working smoke alarms save lives.

“Test yours today and contact the Fire Department if you have any concerns with your smoke alarms,” Lyman said in a press release.