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June 13, 2013

Fire claims Shores house on Lake Shore

By K. Michelle Moran
C & G Staff Writer

A couple living in the 900 block of Lake Shore Road have working fire alarms to thank for preventing them from perishing in a nighttime three-alarm fire that claimed their home.

By email, Public Safety Director John Schulte said officers from his department responded to an alarm at the house around 11 p.m. June 12 and found the first floor library “fully involved with smoke and fire.” The residents had been awakened by their smoke alarms and had escaped the house safely, he said.

“Battery smoke alarms saved the lives of these two residents,” Schulte said in an email interview. “They were quickly alerted and got out of the home.”

Because the fire spread to the second floor, officers from neighboring Grosse Pointe Farms and Grosse Pointe City were called to the scene to provide additional manpower.

“There were three officers on duty at the time the fire broke out,” Schulte said. “They set up their trucks (and) they pulled a pre-connected line from one of our engines. I was notified and responded (to the scene) from home.”

A strong storm that night, with lightning, thunder and heavy rain, impeded firefighting efforts, he said. However, they were able to get the fire under control by around 1:15 a.m., Schulte said.

The two residents who escaped the blaze were the only ones in the house at the time, and Schulte said they didn’t have any pets.

He said the home sustained “severe smoke and water damage” to the first and second floors. The fire was “mostly contained to the Lake Shore side of the dwelling,” Schulte said.

Fortunately, neither the residents nor the public safety officers were injured battling the blaze, he said.

At press time, Schulte said the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

“All things considered, the officers performed well and we made a great stop on the fire,” Schulte said in a press release.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer K. Michelle Moran at kmoran@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1047.