Grand Haven Twp. garage damaged by fire

Becky Vargo • Jul 25, 2018 at 11:39 PM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Three area fire departments were called to the scene of a garage fire Wednesday night.

Grand Haven Township, the City of Grand Haven and Robinson Township departments were called to the fire at about 10:30 p.m. The garage attached to a home at 16487 Water’s Edge Drive, just north of Lincoln Street in Grand Haven Township, was on fire.

Everyone in the home evacuated safely. The fire was quickly extinguished and was contained to the garage.

Matt and Mary Stump were home with their children at the time when Mary said she heard popping sounds coming from the garage. When the sounds persisted, she went to investigate and saw the garage was on fire.

Mary said she yelled a warning to her family and slammed the door between the house and the garage. Enough smoke entered the house in those few moments to set off the alarms, she said.

Mary said that when they first moved into the house the family made a plan that if anything ever happened, they would all meet at the light post across the street.

“And that’s where I found them,” she said. “They even had our great Dane.”

Fire officials said it didn’t appear that the fire had been burning long before it was discovered because the garage’s drywall was not completely scorched and the fire didn’t get into the attic. There was some smoke damage in the house.

“She saved the house,” fire officials said of Mary Stump. “She did the right thing.”

Firefighters had the fire out before 11 p.m.

A Chevrolet Traverse inside the garage was damaged.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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