Fire out at Christian Haven Home

No one was injured and damage was contained to one resident’s room in a fire early Friday evening at a Grand Haven retirement home.
Becky Vargo
Feb 8, 2013


Grand Haven Department of Public Safety Officer Eric Rasch said he was already at the Christian Haven Home, 704 Pennoyer Ave., when an alarm there sounded at about 6:15 p.m.

“I walked over and saw smoke coming from the room,” Rasch said. “The sprinkler head tripped and water gushed out.”

Firefighters also used an extinguisher to help put out the fire, said Sgt. Christopher Wright. The fire was out within minutes of the alarm going off.

The fire was contained to a nightstand in a first-floor room on the west side of the facility.

“It appeared to be electrical in nature,” Wright said, emphasizing that it was not the building’s electrical system, but “a specific appliance.”

Wright said the cause is still under investigation.

When firefighters arrived at the home, the staff had everybody accounted for in a couple of different areas of the building, Wright said.

Christian Haven Administrator Leann Dixon said all of the residents were at supper in the dining hall when the alarm sounded. The residents were taken to the home's sunroom and another location close to exit doors in case an evacuation was necessary.

“All of our emergency procedures went like clockwork,” Dixon said.

The fire was out by 6:27 p.m. Firefighters remained in the two-story building for a while to check for a possible extension of the fire.

Wright said that the only sprinkler head that activated was in the room that had the fire. Water damage was contained primarily to that room, although some water seeped into the hallway and possibly into adjoining rooms, he said.

There was smoke throughout the west wing, but it was ventilated out of the building by firefighters.

Dixon said all of the residents were back in their rooms by 8 p.m., except for the woman whose room had the fire. She was put in another room, “the only one we have empty right now,” Dixon said.




My 5th grader was learning the difference between scene and seen about a week ago.


anon-mom: Your point being? That your child would know it was used correctly in the above text while you don't?
Please, let's not be petty. Most of us realize that reporters too are human and sometimes make mistakes. As in this case, you have. Can't we just read the news without nitpicking and trying to find errors to complain about all the time? It's exhausting and not very becoming....


The article was edited. It originally said something about fire being scene coming from some specific room. I was most definitely not wrong. Thanks!


Regardless, please re-read my post from, "Please, let's not be petty." Thanks!

Walking Alive

It's what the tribune does when readers have to proof read this (free) online edition for them and make a comment on it. You call them out in public, they change it and they might leave or remove your comment just to make you look silly, as no one can edit or remove a comment once made on here??? You just came in late and missed it b4 the edit. It happens daily here, so get over yourself and go volunteer to proofread at the Trib. lol


Yes, FREE edition! I am just saying that people do not have to be self righteous idiots pointing out any flaw another makes. We are ALL human! It is petty, I'm sure anon-mom has made mistakes in spelling and/or grammar before and most likely will in the future. The picking ruins the reading experience for others and makes the person(s) posting the picking look like a less educated person than the one making the mistake. It's called having respect for others. More should try it!

Walking Alive

Well, you certainly add to the entertainment value here.

Scene/seen is not just a spelling mistake, it is a grammatical error ANY 5th grader should catch, let alone a NEWSPAPER EDITOR!

Point taken anon.


I'm just glad to hear that no one was injured and the fire damage was contained


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