Garages burn, residents evacuated

(UPDATED: Thursday at 12:20 p.m.) One resident was taken to the hospital after fire destroyed three garages and damaged another early this morning.
Becky Vargo
Dec 12, 2013

The resident was in stable condition, reported Jeff Hawke, director of the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

One of the homeowners, Scott Brown, said his mother-in-law, who is disabled, was taken to the hospital to be checked because of an elevated blood pressure.

Brown said he and three of the other occupants of the home at 403 Lake, helped his mother-in-law evacuate the home when the blaze in their garage was discovered.

Firefighters responded to 403 Lake Avenue at 1:52 a.m. and found the garage behind the residence fully involved in fire and two other garages beginning to burn.

Flames were also touching the homes located at 401 and 403 Lake Avenue.

Hawke said the fire was contained to the three garages. The houses sustained minor exterior damage from heat and flames.

Cold temperatures caused some problems with water lines, but the fires were eventually extinguished.

Assisting GHDPS at the scene were Grand Haven Township Fire Rescue, Ferrysburg Fire Department, Spring Lake Township Fire Department and Norton Shores Fire Department Canteen 450.

Paramedics from North Ottawa Community Hospital assisted with evacuating residents and provided medical support at the scene.

Hawke said there were no injuries associated with the fire.

GHDPS Fire Marshal Jay Paulson said late this morning they have been able to determine the area where the fire started, but are still investigating the cause.

"The fire appears to have started in an area in front of the woodstove, but the woodstove was not used," he said. "There are a lot of things we are looking at."

Paulson said a preliminary damage estimate would be at least a quarter of a million dollars.

That encompasses three destroyed garage, one damaged garage and some damage to two houses.

Comments

rukidding

Well here we go again, double talk with no information.

"One resident was taken to the hospital after fire destroyed one garage and burned two others early this morning." Part of the headline

"Hawke said there were no injuries associated with the fire." Second to last line in the article.

So I guess you would have us guess as to the nature of the injury? Was this a nasty pogo accident, or did someone fall out of bed, hehe haha? Come on team, play together for once and give us the correct details, all the details, and nothing but the details; then let us carry on as we will!

watchingyou

Wishing these families didn't have to go through this at all let alone this time of year. I hope everything gets taken care of swiftly and efficiently for them. I am glad that it was just the garages and no one lost their homes or lives.

WhatTheHeck

I'm not sure I would consider high blood pressure an injury...are YOU kidding?

rukidding

And the information on the blood pressure was added after the fact, it was not in the original read.

kathyjoy

I would have to agree with WhatTheHeck... elevated blood pressure (as was clearly stated in the Second paragraph of the article) is NOT an injury. (if it is... then I'm taking injury pills for my injured blood pressure, lol)

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