Fire Department battles attic fire

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published March 9, 2016

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — Crew members from four West Bloomfield Fire Department stations were dispatched to a house fire in the 2000 block of Saddlewood Road, near Hiller and Willow roads, at around 8 p.m. Feb. 28. 

According to West Bloomfield Fire Chief Greg Flynn, the homeowner was on the telephone when her cat started acting strangely. Flynn said the homeowner hung up the phone and heard the fire crackling. After discovering flames in the attic near the attic fan, the homeowner called the Fire Department and evacuated the colonial-style house.  

Crew members arrived at the house and put out the fire “in a matter of minutes,” Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it appears to be accidental, he said. 

“The fire was contained to the attic; however, there is some drywall and water damage as a result of the fire suppression throughout the house,” Turnquist said. 

There were smoke detectors in the house, but Flynn said that homeowners typically do not put smoke detectors in the attic space, so an alarm did not sound. 

“With it being an attic fire, most of your smoke is in the attic, and it’s not surprising it doesn’t happen,” Turnquist said about the smoke detectors not sounding an alarm. 

The homeowner was the only person in the house at the time of the fire. She exited the house without injury, according to the Fire Department. 

“The first arriving engine made a quick assessment of things and aggressively went right to where the fire was located, and they were able to quickly extinguish it,” Flynn said. “When we can identify where the fire is, we can get right to the seed of the fire and put it out quickly.”

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