Jul 21, 2015 at 12:39 PM
Investigators were unable to determine the cause of the fire because of “substantial damage," said Lt. Shawn Schrader of the Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue Department.
Schrader said the department was called to the fire in the 13000 block of Deep Water Point in River Haven Village at about 5:55 a.m. Firefighters from Robinson Township and the City of Grand Haven assisted the Grand Haven Township department, and had the fire under control in about a half-hour.
Schrader said he didn’t know if the homeowners had insurance.
“We were fortunate everybody made it out OK,” he added.
The American Red Cross was called to assist the Clover family.
Within hours, community support flowed in at Central High School, where Eric Clover attends school. Principal Paul Kunde said he learned of the fire before school, and at noon he filled the back seat of a car with food, clothes and money for the Clovers.
Kunde said the family needs clothing and gift cards. Items can be dropped off at Robinson Elementary School, Central High School and the district’s Education Services Building.
“They lost everything other than the clothes on their back,” Kunde said.
Bobby Dillree, who lives next to the destroyed home, said he heard loud popping, saw flashing lights and noticed sparks near the home's electrical box.
“Then, it just went up,” the 17-year-old said.
The fire started toward the back of the home near sliding glass doors before engulfing the rest of the home, Schrader said.
As firefighters battled the blaze, Dillree said neighboring electrical boxes began smoking and popping. The Grand Haven Township teen said they were told to stay out of their homes in case another fire broke out.
The fire also impacted the home’s hard-wired smoke detectors, causing them not to work. Schrader stressed the importance of having working smoke detectors with a battery backup.
WANT TO HELP?
• Female - XXL shirts, size 18 pants
• Male - XXL shirts, size 38/32 pants
• Male - XL shirts, size 33/32 pants, size 11 shoes
• Male - size 8 pants and shirts, size 3 shoes
• Female - size 7 pants and shirts
• Male - 24 months old
• Robinson Elementary School, 11801 120th Ave., Robinson Township
• Central High School, 106 S. Sixth St., Grand Haven
• Education Service Center, 1415 S. Beechtree St., Grand Haven