Two pets perish in house fire

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published August 11, 2016

 Damage to the house reportedly was estimated at more than $100,000.

Damage to the house reportedly was estimated at more than $100,000.

Photo provided by the Troy Fire Department


A passer-by saw smoke and flames coming from the attached garage of a medium-sized, single-story home on Hylane Drive, near Adams and Wattles Road, just after 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

According to reports, responding units could see a tall column of smoke several miles away.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered heavy smoke and flames through the garage roof that threatened to spread to the home, according to fire officials.

Firefighters said that commercial painting supplies in the garage may have caused the blaze, which remained under investigation, Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said.

Live electrical wires were on the ground when firefighters arrived. Riesterer explained that the flames burned the wires off the garage and dropped them to the ground.

A pickup truck also was burning in the driveway, and firefighters did not know if the home was occupied, although it appeared that nobody was home, according to reports.  

Neighbors told firefighters that the two family dogs — dachshunds — likely were inside the home, Riesterer said.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and searched the home. Nobody was inside, but the two dogs did not survive the heavy smoke inside the home, Riesterer said.

Working in temperatures exceeding 90 degrees with high humidity, firefighters contained the fire to the garage, according to reports. However, the home is not habitable and damage reportedly was estimated at more than $100,000. The residents reportedly had made arrangements for housing.

Three firefighters were evaluated for heat-related injuries, Riesterer said. One firefighter was transported to Beaumont Hospital, Troy for further evaluation, treated and released the same day, according to reports.