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Fire consumes barn in Spring Lake Township

Becky Vargo • Jun 12, 2019 at 2:08 PM

FULL STORY:

SPRING LAKE TWP. - Tom Allison said that he was in shock as he watched flames envelop his pole barn and motorhome early Wednesday afternoon.

“I’ve been changing batteries all my life,” he said, shaking his head in disbelief as he walked away.

Allison said he was changing the batteries on his 2003, 41-foot motorhome when a spark ignited a fire. The motorhome was sitting inside a pole barn a short distance from his house.

Allison said he ran into the house to get a fire extinguisher, but by then it was too late. The fire had already gotten out of control. 

Firefighters from three departments responded to his call for help just before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. They included Spring Lake, Ferrysburg and Crockery Township.

A huge column of heavy black smoke was visible from miles away.

Spring Lake Township Fire Chief Brian Sipe ordered firefighters to conduct a defensive effort, after arriving on the scene and announcing a “working fire.”

Defensive means the firefighters don’t enter the building.

Firefighters pushed streams of water at the blaze, but it wasn’t until Ferrysburg Fire Department’s squirt truck was in place and connected to a fire hydrant almost a quarter mile away that the flames began to diminish under the onslaught of water falling from above.

Once fire was out and the charred remains of the building completely soaked, firefighters coated the building with foam to suppress any more flames and heat.

The heat from the fire melted siding on the nearby house.

Firefighters also extinguished a grass fire caused by the blaze.

Sipe said the fire was out in just under an hour.

ORIGINAL STORY:

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP — A man was changing the battery in his RV on Wednesday afternoon when the batter sparked and ignited a fire. 

The vehicle as well as the barn it was housed in were consumed before firefighters could put out the flames. 

The barn was located on Hickory Drive in Spring Lake Township, between 180th and 174th avenues. 

A Tribune reporter is on the scene and more information will be provided as it becomes available. 

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