No injuries in St. Clair Shores house fire

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published June 4, 2021

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores Fire officials responded to the 21000 block of Woodbridge Street after receiving a report of a house with visible fire at 3:22 p.m. May 28.

Fire Chief James Piper said that crews saw heavy smoke emanating from the roof vents of a two-story bungalow when they arrived on the scene. They spoke with a neighbor, an off-duty firefighter from a neighboring agency, who told them that everyone in the home had gotten out safely.

Piper said crews went inside and up to the second floor, which was a large bedroom that took up the entire second story of the house.

“The construction was very high quality. In this case, it was done with tongue and groove solid wood plank,” he said of the walls and ceiling of the room, which made it more difficult for firefighters to break through to the attic.

He said, however, that it probably helped save the property by containing the fire to the attic.

Once crews made it through to the attic, however, “the other challenge was just because it was such good construction, (the fire) had obviously been building back in that location for a while and built up some heat.”

Firefighters were able to extinguish the fire. They were aided by the Eastpointe Fire Department.

Piper said the fire was contained to the attic, so the home can be rehabilitated and made habitable again. The official cause of the fire is undetermined, but likely electrical, possibly due to the high winds and storm that occurred that day.

“It wasn’t anything incendiary. There was nothing plugged in in the area,” he said.

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