Firefighters put out blaze in basement of house

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 10, 2020

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Fire Department was called to a report of smoke coming from a home on Churchill Drive, near 23 Mile and Mound roads, July 23.

At 10:29 a.m., 911 dispatchers received a report of a possible house fire from a neighbor on the street behind the house. The caller had reported smoke coming from the eaves of the home.

The first fire engine arrived on the scene at 10:33 a.m. and confirmed the report of smoke coming from the structure.

John McCoy, the assistant fire chief of the Shelby Township Fire Department, said that firefighters entered the home and began searching for any possible victims caught in the blaze while the others rushed to extinguish the flames.

“Fire crews forced entry into the home and found heavy smoke coming from the basement. Crews entered the basement and extinguished a mattress and clothing that was burning near a hot water heater, while another fire crew did a search for any victims in the home. Crews confirmed extinguishment and began ventilating the home,” said McCoy.

The fire was reported to be under control at 10:55 a.m. After the fire was extinguished, firefighters removed damaged items.

“Crews completed overhaul and turned the scene over to our Fire Prevention Division for further investigation,” said McCoy.

He said a neighbor was able to notify the homeowner, who was at work at the time of the fire. The homeowner confirmed for the Fire Department that no people or pets were in the home at the time of the fire.

The incident remained under investigation as of last week.