Home burns after rekindling numerous times

A fire at a home near Yankee Springs Road and Shaw Lake Road south of Middleville. (Jan. 29, 2014)
A fire at a home near Yankee Springs Road and Shaw Lake Road south of Middleville. (Jan. 29, 2014)

MIDDLEVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — A Barry County house burned to the ground Wednesday afternoon after sparking a day earlier and rekindling numerous times.

A fire rekindles at this home near Yankee Springs Road and Shaw Lake Road south of Middleville, Jan. 29, 2014. The fire originally sparked Jan. 28. (photo courtesy Steven Skyla via ReportIt)
A fire rekindles at this home near Yankee Springs Road and Shaw Lake Road south of Middleville, Jan. 29, 2014. The fire originally sparked Jan. 28. (photo courtesy Steven Skyla via ReportIt)

The fire started around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday near Yankee Springs Road and Shaw Lake Road south of Middleville. The family inside escaped the home safely.

A fire at a home near Yankee Springs Road and Shaw Lake Road south of Middleville. (Jan. 29, 2014)
A fire at a home near Yankee Springs Road and Shaw Lake Road south of Middleville. (Jan. 29, 2014)
A fire at a home near Yankee Springs Road and Shaw Lake Road south of Middleville. (Jan. 29, 2014)
A fire at a home near Yankee Springs Road and Shaw Lake Road south of Middleville. (Jan. 29, 2014)

Four fire departments responded to the scene and had to get water from four miles away. Crews dumped about 20,000 gallons of water on the flames Tuesday afternoon, and about 12,000 gallons in the evening.

Firefighters said they could not fight the blaze because of the weather conditions and safety concerns.

The fire rekindled around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and then again around 9:55 a.m. Wednesday.

A fire at a home near Yankee Springs Road and Shaw Lake Road south of Middleville. (Jan. 29, 2014)
A fire at a home near Yankee Springs Road and Shaw Lake Road south of Middleville. (Jan. 29, 2014)

Firefighters arrived again and doused the flames as the structure eventually burned to the ground.

A fire at a home near Yankee Springs Road and Shaw Lake Road south of Middleville. (Jan. 29, 2014)
A fire at a home near Yankee Springs Road and Shaw Lake Road south of Middleville. (Jan. 29, 2014)

A fire in the chimney is likely the cause.

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