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Shelby Township home fire displaces family, including pet

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published July 7, 2020

 Firefighters work to put out a fire at a home on Cone Drive, just off 21 Mile Road, June 30.

Firefighters work to put out a fire at a home on Cone Drive, just off 21 Mile Road, June 30.

Photo provided by the Utica Fire Department


SHELBY TOWNSHIP — A Shelby Township family is now without a home after a fire broke out in their residence June 30 in the Bannister Lakes Subdivision, near 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

At about 6:01 p.m., a neighbor noticed the fire and called the Shelby Township Fire Department to the home on Cone Drive. At 6:05 p.m., the Fire Department reportedly arrived to find the garage, a vehicle and the home engulfed in flames.

Occupants of the home were able to get out of the home safely, but the home was no longer livable, according to officials.

John McCoy, the assistant fire chief of the Shelby Township Fire Department, said the homeowner was unaware that the home had been on fire and was able to get out of the home with a pet.

“I believe they had a dog, and it did get out with the homeowner, who was in the home and was notified by a neighbor that the house was on fire; they were not aware,” he said.

McCoy said there was only one minor complication while putting the fire out.

“The only minor complication was the heat temperature that evening creates additional fatigue for the firefighters. We did call in an additional engine with five firefighters from (the) city of Utica Fire Department,” he said.

McCoy praised the efforts of the neighbors in the area.

“(The) neighbors were very helpful to the firefighters, offering beverages and keeping a safe distance from our operations,” he said.

McCoy said the department believes the fire might have started in the garage.

“The area of origin appears to be the garage, (but) we are working on completing the investigation at this time,” he said.

He said the department has no reason to believe the incident was suspicious.

Utica Fire Chief Kevin Wilseck said there were no issues for his department.

“We just assisted on extinguishment; no injuries reported on our department,” he said.