Truck destroyed in garage fire

Becky Vargo • Jan 15, 2018 at 1:26 PM

Fire destroyed a pickup truck and damaged a Grand Haven Township garage early Monday afternoon.

Firefighters responded to the home at 15409 Robbins Road, near 154th Avenue, shortly before 1 p.m.

Bonnie Benes said she was in her house with her small dog when she smelled smoke. She started looking around, and then cracked open the door leading into the garage when she saw the smoke.

“It was really thick and black,” she said. “I closed the door like they tell you to and called 911.”

Benes said she then took her dog and evacuated her home.

Later, she said it was fortunate that she and her husband, John, have family living on either side of them, so they have a place to go.

Lt. David Peterson of the Grand Haven Township Fire-Rescue department said firefighters from both the township and city quickly arrived on the scene. They had the fire contained within 10 minutes and out in about 20 minutes. 

Firefighters remained on the scene for a while to ventilate smoke from the house and check to make sure there was no extension of the fire.

Peterson said the fire damage appeared to be contained to the garage. There was also smoke damage in the house.

The fire centered around the pickup truck parked closest to the house, Peterson said. Bonnie Benes said the 2002 truck had not been used at all on Monday. It is a diesel truck, so it was plugged into a warmer, she said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation. A damage estimate was not available.

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