Fire starts in furnace room of vacant home

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published May 2, 2016


Flames were showing through the roof when firefighters were called to a vacant home on Tutbury Lane, near Adams and Square Lake Roads, at 2:15 p.m. April 29.

Unsure if the home was occupied, firefighters searched the home and determined nobody was inside the ranch-style house, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer.

According to reports, firefighters entered through the front door and ventilated the smoke that filled the home. They found the source of the fire in the first-floor furnace room of the home, which Riesterer said did not have a basement.

Firefighters contained and extinguished the blaze and stopped the fire from spreading to the attic, according to reports.

Troy police rerouted traffic on Adams Road while firefighters were on the scene. Damage was contained to the furnace room and a section of the roof. No damage estimates were available at press time. The home was for sale, Riesterer said.

He said May 2 that police and fire officials continued to investigate the cause of the blaze. No one was hurt in the incident.