The exact cause of the fire on Dale Avenue early Feb. 24 remained under investigation but it was not viewed as suspicious.

The exact cause of the fire on Dale Avenue early Feb. 24 remained under investigation but it was not viewed as suspicious.

File photo by Brian Louwers


Firefighters battle blaze in Center Line

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published February 26, 2019

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CENTER LINE — A family of four escaped injury while a firefighter was reportedly hurt when he slipped and fell while battling a fire at a home on Dale Avenue, east of Van Dyke Avenue, in Center Line early Feb. 24.

Center Line Public Safety Department Division Fire Chief Chuck Schubert said firefighters from Center Line, Warren and the U.S. Army Detroit Arsenal were dispatched to the single-family home at 2:06 a.m., where a couple and their two adult sons had exited the house.

“The homeowner said he was in the back. He said he smelled something. He got up and said he’d seen smoke in the house,” Schubert said. “He started waking his family up, getting his family to get out of the house.”
Schubert said the first firefighters to arrive at the scene observed heavy smoke and fire at the rear of the home. Flames were coming from the basement and had extended into a back room and kitchen on the first floor from under the basement stairs. A portion of the flooring up the steps to the second story was also damaged. The house was left with extensive fire and smoke damage throughout the structure.

“We had three hand lines deployed, knocking the fire down, and then sent a crew down into the back and then down into the basement,” Schubert said. “We were able to extinguish the fire probably after about an hour.”

A Center Line firefighter apparently fell while working at the scene and sustained a possible rib injury. He was transported to the hospital and later released.

The exact cause of the fire remained under investigation, but it was not viewed as suspicious, Schubert said.

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