Fire destroys house in West Bloomfield

By: Cari DeLamielleure-Scott | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published January 14, 2016

 No injuries were reported, but the house was a complete loss.

No injuries were reported, but the house was a complete loss.

Photo provided by the West Bloomfield Fire Department

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Crew members from all six West Bloomfield fire stations were dispatched to a house fire in the 6200 block of Rue du Lac, near Pontiac Trail and Halsted Road, at 2:14 a.m. Jan. 14.

Residents from across Upper Straits Lake reported the fire, and fire crews from Station 3 could see flames while responding, according to a press release. Upon arrival, fire crews reportedly found the house almost completely enveloped in fire.

The house was unoccupied and there were no injuries as a result of the fire; however, the house is a complete loss, Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

“Due to the extent of the damage, it’s going to be some time before we can get some sort of cause,” Turnquist said. He added that it would be difficult to determine a cause. “We’re going to do our best to see what happened.”

Turnquist said that the Bloomfield Township Fire Department covered any calls that took place while West Bloomfield crews battled the fire.

Though fire crews did not have trouble finding access to fire hydrants at this fire, Turnquist said that as snow accumulates in the area, residents and business owners should dig out fire hydrants to make them visible and accessible. The Fire Department requests a 3-foot circle be cleared around the hydrants.

With any report of smoke or fire in the area, the department responds with a tanker as an extra measure of safety until fire crews find and confirm that they have a water supply from fire hydrants.

People should be mindful of using space heaters, Turnquist said. Space heaters should be recognized by a testing laboratory, such as UL, and have “tip protection” built into them. Tip protection ensures that when the space heater tips over, it shuts off, Turnquist said. Combustibles should be placed at least 3 feet away from space heaters.

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