Careless smoking blamed for fire on Wagner

Woman, two dogs uninjured after fire damages home

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published November 15, 2016

Photo by Brian Louwers


WARREN — A woman and her two dogs escaped injury Nov. 12 after a fire reportedly ignited by careless smoking damaged a home near Hoover and 10 Mile Road.

Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said dispatchers took “a ton” of 911 calls beginning at 12:28 p.m. about a fire at a home in the 24400 block of Wagner.

“There was a woman at home with her two dogs. She said she fell asleep and awoke to flames coming from the rear of the house,” McAdams said. “There was an attached garage and she immediately called 911. Multiple neighbors called.”

McAdams said firefighters entered the home from the front and made their way into the garage. Firefighters also cut a hole in the roof where the house and garage meet.

As the firefighters arrived, the resident reportedly told firefighters her dogs were still in the home.

“They were in the house, in a back bedroom,” McAdams said. “They were a little scared. They were actually doing fine. They required no rehabilitation. The woman suffered some smoke inhalation, but she refused transport to the hospital.”

An investigation found careless smoking to be the cause of the fire. McAdams said the woman had been cooking, as well. The home was heavily damaged.

No injuries were reported among firefighters who remained at the scene until about 2:30 p.m.