Smoke and flames spout from a Clawson home near 14 Mile and Main Street as firefighters battle the blaze June 24.

Smoke and flames spout from a Clawson home near 14 Mile and Main Street as firefighters battle the blaze June 24.

Photo provided by the Clawson Fire Department


No injuries reported in Clawson house fire

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published June 26, 2019

 Approximately 25 firefighters fought a blaze at a Clawson home that began shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, June 24.

Approximately 25 firefighters fought a blaze at a Clawson home that began shortly after 5 p.m. Monday, June 24.

Photo provided by the Clawson Fire Department

 A large Clawson home near 14 Mile and Main Street shows significant damage from a fire that originated in the garage and spread to the house. The residents and their dog were able to safely evacuate.

A large Clawson home near 14 Mile and Main Street shows significant damage from a fire that originated in the garage and spread to the house. The residents and their dog were able to safely evacuate.

Photo provided by the Clawson Fire Department

CLAWSON — At approximately 5:15 p.m. Monday, June 24, Clawson fire and police responded to a large house fire at a home near 14 Mile Road and Main Street.

Clawson Fire Chief Troy Engel said the fire originated in the garage and quickly spread to the attached house. While the residents of the home were inside at the time, Engel said they and their dog all made it out safely.

“They discovered some fire in the garage and evacuated the house. It was a mom and a dad and their dog, and their son was at work,” Engel said. “The fire quickly spread from the garage up to the east side wall into the soffit of the attic and got the attic started on fire.”

He said attic fires are harder to deal with because the contents, including plastic siding, burn more easily and it’s more difficult to get to the seat of the fire.

“It was traveling very quickly,” Engel said. “We were there for a little while. We just put a lot of water on the fire and used foam. We stayed for an hour or so (to extinguish) hot spots.”

While the house is significantly damaged and uninhabitable, Engel said the residents’ insurance company is taking care of them and putting them up in a local hotel.

“The fire is still under investigation. We just know it started from the garage,” he said.

Engel said a vehicle was parked in the garage and another one in the driveway, and the fire destroyed both of them, but firefighters kept the fire contained to the single structure and away from neighbors’ homes.

He said the Fire Department did not require mutual aid, but had a “good showing” of firefighters. He estimated approximately 25 firefighters fought the blaze, and that police officers were on the scene immediately to take care of crowd control.

“They all worked really hard. I’m very proud of my guys,” Engel said. “We officially cleared the fire around 9:30 or 10 p.m.”