House fire remains under investigation

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published February 25, 2021

 Public safety units from Grosse Pointe Farms and Harper Woods assisted Grosse Pointe Woods Feb. 19 with the fire. Investigators believe that the fire might have started in the basement.

Public safety units from Grosse Pointe Farms and Harper Woods assisted Grosse Pointe Woods Feb. 19 with the fire. Investigators believe that the fire might have started in the basement.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department continues to investigate a fire that occurred Feb. 19 at a two-story home in the 1800 block of Broadstone Road.

Dispatch received a call at 9:09 p.m. from a male resident at the home who reported that the house was “full of black smoke.”

“He advised he and his wife were able to escape. They had one pet, a cat, that sadly didn’t make it,” Public Safety Director John Kosanke said. “Our officers were on the scene in less than five minutes. It was extinguished by 10:18 p.m. There was heavy smoke and damage throughout the house.”

According to the director, the couple were checked out medically by MedStar at the scene and released.

The five Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods operate under a public safety mutual aid agreement, and public safety units from Grosse Pointe Farms and Harper Woods assisted with the fire. No officers were injured.

Crews were on the scene until 12:34 a.m. Feb. 20 to clean up debris and break down fire equipment. They also were present as the house was boarded up.

“When we have a fire, we have to call a board-up company, and they secure the house,” Kosanke said.  

While the fire is under investigation, it is believed the blaze started in the basement.

Because of the cold temperature Friday night, the water used to douse the flames was creating ice on the ground. So the officers would not slip on the ice, the Grosse Pointe Woods Department of Public Works was called out to salt the grounds surrounding the house.

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