River Haven home damaged by fire; animals rescued

Becky Vargo • May 8, 2018 at 6:46 PM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — The residents were not home and all of the animals were rescued when a mobile home caught fire late Tuesday afternoon in the River Haven community.

Firefighters from the township and city responded to the 4:15 p.m. alarm at 13231 Winding Creek Drive.

The first officers to arrive reported black smoke coming from the structure. They quickly gained access and started moving the animals out of the home.

“Before I knew it, they were pushing the dog out the door,” said Pam Boes, who lives across the street.

The family of seven had taken refuge in Boes’ house after arriving home to see firefighters surrounding their residence.

Boes said the dog, two cats and two ferrets were also in her house. 

“We all don’t have much, but we have each other,” she said.

Firefighters quickly put out the fire by tearing down the ceiling to get to the blaze that had spread throughout the attic, said Grand Haven Township Fire Chief Tom Gerencer. There was smoke damage throughout the home.

Firefighters used a thermal imaging camera to make sure the fire was out. They were on the scene for a couple of hours.

The American Red Cross responded to help the family.

Gerencer said Tuesday evening that the cause of the fire is undetermined. Damage to the structure was estimated at $10,000, with another $10,000 for its contents.

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