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House fire quickly extinguished

Becky Vargo • Mar 26, 2019 at 3:52 PM

SPRING LAKE TWP. — Firefighters from three area fire departments responded to a house fire in Spring Lake Township on Tuesday afternoon.

The residents of a home in the 17500 block of Taft Street said in the 2:40 p.m. call that their house was filling with smoke, possibly from the basement. They safely evacuated the home.

According to officials on the scene, a small fire started in the back wall of the home and had possibly gone into the attic.

Steven Sokolowski stopped at the home to assist his elderly relatives with some chores when he smelled the smoke. He called 911, and then went outside and saw flames coming out of the back of the house.

The homeowners’ nephew used a garden hose in an attempt to put out the fire before firefighters arrived, said Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jason Kik, who was the first to arrive on the scene.

“I grabbed my fire extinguisher, but the nephew had already knocked it down with the hose, at least the part that we could see,” Kik said.

Fire also started burning in the bushes around the northeast corner of the house, but that was also extinguished with the garden hose.

Firefighters knocked through siding on the back of the house to get a fire hose inside and put out the rest of the fire.

The extent of damage and the cause of the fire were not available by press time.

Ferrysburg and Crockery Township firefighters assisted Spring Lake Township Fire Rescue at the scene.

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