Fire guts Byron Center home; heat hampers firefighters

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Firefighters work to put out the flames that destroyed a home in Byron Center. (June 12, 2017)


BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a fire that forced a man and woman from their Byron Center home.

Firefighters originally said a neighbor alerted those inside to the fire. However, one of the homeowners told 24 Hour News 8 she was awake and in the living room area when she heard some sparking near the trailer, which is located off 84th Street just west of Byron Center Avenue in downtown Byron Center.

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Firefighters work to put out the flames that destroyed a home in Byron Center. (June 12, 2017)

A vigilant neighbor was the first to called in the fire around 2:45 a.m. Monday, according to authorities. The homeowner also called in the fire.

Investigators believe the fire started on the front right side of the home, near its door. The flames had spread to the interior of the home by the time the Byron Township Fire Department arrived.

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Caution tape surrounds a burned trailer in Byron Center. (June 12, 2017)

“A lot of the fire was above the ceiling, between the ceiling and roof area. And we’re just having trouble getting access to that, as well as, with temperatures the way they are, guys are tiring out quickly so we’re trying to rotate crews through as quickly as we can,” said Lt. Bryan Looman of the Byron Township Fire Department.

The fire also weakened the floor so crews had to fight the bulk of it from outside, according to Looman. Crews from Dorr and Cutlerville’s fire departments also responded.

Crews were putting out hot spots around 4:30 a.m.; they cleared the scene about an hour later.

Firefighters say they’ll probably return to the scene later Monday to ensure the fire remains out. The American Red Cross will also be responding to help the homeowners find alternative shelter.

The home is considered a total loss.