Fire at Spring Lake Twp. duplex

Becky Vargo • Nov 27, 2018 at 10:44 PM

SPRING LAKE TWP. — Firefighters were dispatched to a call of a fire in the basement of a home at 15229 Krueger St. in Spring Lake Township shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday.

The home is half of a duplex located near a new home that had replaced a house that burned down on New Year’s Eve 2017.

A neighbor said the family had just moved into the duplex about a month ago.

Authorities said the fire was knocked down at 10:42 p.m.

Spring Lake Fire Chief Brian Sipe said that smoke was coming out the front door of the duplex when firefighters arrived.

“The occupants heard the smoke alarms go off in the basement. They went to look and saw flames at the bottom of the stairs,” Sipe said.

Blake Johnson, who lives in the adjoining duplex, said they heard sirens and the dogs were whining. When he went to check on the dogs, he smelled smoke, and everyone got out of the house. There was no fire on his side of the duplex.

Across the driveway, neighbor Katherine Weber said the occupant of the burning home asked to borrow a fire extinguisher.

“He ran over and tried to use it through the basement window, but said the fire was too bad and that it wouldn’t do any good,” Weber said. “That’s when the fire trucks arrived.”

Firefighters had the fire out within a half-hour of arrival.

“Our guys made a really good stop on it,” Sipe said.

The fire investigation shows that the probable cause for the fire was improperly discarded smoking materials, Sipe said. Preliminary damage estimate is around $5,000.

Firefighters from Ferrysburg and Crockery Township fire departments, as well as the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and North Ottawa Community Hospital paramedics assisted at the scene.

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