GH home burns on chilly night

(UPDATE: Thursday 11:27 p.m.) Three people and two dogs got out safely from a burning home on Grand Haven's east side late Thursday night.
Becky Vargo
Feb 27, 2014


Firefighters from the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety and Grand Haven Township were called to the home in the 1000 block of Columbus Avenue at about 9:50 p.m. The Spring Lake and Ferrysburg departments were called to the home, which was still on fire, shortly before 10:30 p.m.

Firefighters battled the blaze in temperatures approaching zero. They spent some time digging out a nearby fire hydrant that was encased in crusty snow and ice.

Authorities confirmed shortly before 10 that all of the home's residents were safely outside.

One of the residents said they first heard what sounded like hail on the roof. When they went upstairs to the attic, they saw smoke and the smoke alarms sounded, so they called 911.

Brown smoke and flames were seen coming from the second floor.

The fire was knocked down at a little after 11 p.m.

See Friday's Tribune for more details. CLICK HERE to see more photos from the fire.



This article states "They spent some time digging out a nearby fire hydrant that was encased in crusty snow and ice". The residents of Grand Haven should take a couple extra minutes and clear the snow from the hydrants in front of their homes. In the end it might mean that the fire department can get water on your house quicker. Maybe by only a couple of minutes, but those minutes mean a lot when it is your house.


It's a real pain sometimes to even find the Hydrant. Sometimes use of a metal detector is used. Myself and a couple other Firefighters used to go out and unbury them ourselves, other departments have their crews go out and do it. Ultimately it needs to be the responsibility of the homeowner who's property the hydrant is on. A lot of cities ticket them just as they would an unshoveled walk. I am Glad this family and the Firefighters were all ok.


When the GH fire department was separate the firefighters used to travel around the city digging out the hydrates. This was great exercise for them and they met the tax payers. It's very easy for the city or Twp to try and enforce some ordinance that is probably unconstitutional like several that have been throw out. They want the sidewalks cleaned off when our tax dollars pay for the purchase of this equipment. Maybe the city should look at hiring some part time workers to plow or have the jail inmates dig them out.


I really like the Inmate idea. It should be implemented immediately.


Who do we write to get it going bud? I love to write so I'd be happy to draft a form letter if you think that'd help.

Barry Soetoro

I'd be happy to volunteer to be the guy with the shotgun ensuring the inmates do a thorough job and don't try to walk away.


Oh sure, I do the work and you get to have all the fun, typical Republican. :-S


What happened to Grand Haven' aerial truck? I keep seeing Grand Haven TWP's Quint lately.


The Arial wouldn't have worked too well in this situation. The Quint is more maneuverable in a area like that. I started out on a Quint and loved it for all the things it could do. The Platforms are nice on tall structures in larger areas such as downtown.


Guess I should have been more clear, I haven't even seen the aerial truck at the station in quite some time. Do we not have it anymore?


It is at the station and still in use. It was at the fire that night. But it is not first due. Grand Haven city's engine is first due. Grand Haven townships quint is first due to all fires in the township and city. Like said above the townships truck is a lot more maneuverable. And with the large trees in front of that house Grand Haven city's truck wouldn't of been able to ladder the house.


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