Photo by Kristyne E. Demske


Fire forces family from home in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published December 17, 2019

 Fire officials say the fire began in a shed that is no longer standing, then spread to the garage and finally to the home.

Fire officials say the fire began in a shed that is no longer standing, then spread to the garage and finally to the home.

Photo by Kristyne E. Demske

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — A St. Clair Shores family is facing Christmas out of their home after a fire began in the shed and spread through the garage to the house Dec. 15.

St. Clair Shores Fire Department Chief James Piper said that the department was called just after 6 p.m. to the 23000 block of South Rosedale Court.

“We arrived and found a two-story house with an attached garage that was pretty well alight from the garage side,” he said.

They were able to determine that the blaze began in a shed on the west side of the house and spread to the garage. From there, it spread to the second story of the house. The family was notified by a neighbor, who ran in to tell them that their house was on fire.

“The fire just sort of stair-stepped from the shed to the garage to the house,” Piper said. “The crews worked really hard, really fast. The fire only got into the attic space (of the house).”

The family of six and most of their pets were able to get out of the house. Piper said that one cat is still unaccounted for, but they believe it may still be hiding and was far enough away from the fire to potentially still be safe.

Unfortunately, he said, smoke causes nearly as much damage as fire, so the family cannot reside in the house right now.

“The house will definitely be able to be rehabilitated at a certain point,” Piper said. “While the structure is going to, six or eight months from now, look the same as it did, it’s going to take some work to get it completely back.”

The origin of the fire has been pinpointed to the shed, but Piper said that with so much of the contents burned, it’s impossible to determine what actually started the blaze. There were no accelerants or smoking materials found, and the fire has been deemed accidental.

The Eastpointe Fire Department provided aid during the incident, and officials from the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department also responded to the scene.

A fundraiser page has been set up for the family on Facebook at facebook.com/donate/2481794785429626.

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