Vicki Pearson evacuated her Arlington Avenue home shortly before 7 p.m. Wednesday when smoke alarms activated and she saw smoke pouring out of the basement.
Her husband, Terry, and their son, Josh, had left the house moments earlier to get some dinner. The family had just returned home from a trip, Pearson said.
Firefighters arriving on the scene saw flames in the basement and battled extensive fire before declaring the fire out at 9:23 p.m.
Grand Haven Department of Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke said officers patrolled the area throughout the night and saw the fire rekindle sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. Thursday.
“It rekindled, we came back and put it out again,” Hawke said.
Firefighters returned to the scene at 6 a.m. “to do fire watch,” said Officer Terry Turkelson.
Once it got light, the firefighters took measurements and pictures, and then left the scene to go interview the homeowners, who had spent the night at a local motel.
Turkelson said fire investigators would be returning to the scene today to try to determine the cause of the fire.
He said a backhoe from Grand Haven’s Department of Public Works was used to knock down part of the house during the night to help make sure the fire was out.
Hawke said the initial fire was extinguished with foam, but that made it impossible for them to go back downstairs to make sure there were no hotspots.