House fire lights up the night

(Updated: 12:10 p.m. Thursday) Firefighters extinguished a fire in Crockery Township after receiving a call for help late Wednesday night.
Becky Vargo
Feb 14, 2013

 

When firefighters arrived after the 10:40 p.m. call for help, they found a two-story home at 17490 144th Ave. ablaze.

At 11 p.m. flames shot through the roof of the structure. By 11:20 p.m., firefighters had knocked the flames back and only heavy smoke could be seen.

A neighbor plowing snow two houses away said he saw the flames and yelled for his wife to call 911.

The house was under renovation and uninhabited.

Crockery Township Fire Chief Gary Dreyer said it appeared the fire started in the second story, but a cause would not be determined until they went back out on the scene Thursday for an investigation.

Dreyer said it was his understanding that the house was bank owned, and that contractors had been working in the house Wednesday.

Firefighters from Crockery, Spring Lake and Ferrysburg fire departments responded to the scene. Norton Shores Canteen was  also there.

"It's the first house I built when we got married (in 1955), said Ray Suchecki, who lives next door."Yeah, it's kind of breaking my heart a little bit."

UPDATE: The house is owned by Seth Kooienga, a real estate agent for Five Star in Grandville.

Kooienga said he bought the house six months ago and has been working on it since then. The house was recently listed for sale for $75,900.

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Comments

Creed Bratton

Headline seems in poor taste.

Magic Mike

Why? Fire makes things bright, and it was at night. Hence the headline.

stephenix1015

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