Extensive damage; no reported injuries


TRI-CITY AREA — Firefighters from several area fire departments were busy last week, responding to two separate structure fires. Both blazes, which turned into four alarm responses, caused extensive damage but no injuries were reported by authorities.

On Sunday, March 24 Lapeer Central Dispatch received a report of smoke in a home in the 2600 block of Slattery Road, north of Lum Rd. in Arcadia Twp.

Despite the best efforts of firefighters from four area departments, this home in the 2600 block of Slattery Rd. in Arcadia Twp. was a total loss. Heavy flames and smoke were reported coming from the home shortly after 4 p.m. on March 24.

The Arcadia Fire Department responded to the scene shortly after 4 p.m. Upon their arrival, firefighters saw smoke and flames coming from the one story home and requested mutual aid from Goodland Twp. Fire Department.

Fire officials say there was smoke and flames coming from the basement and crawlspace. A third and fourth alarm were requested, bringing Attica Twp. and North Branch fire departments to the scene with manpower and additional water tanker support.

The American Red Cross was called to assist the family. The home was determined to be a total loss due to the fire. The structure’s windows have since been boarded up by the homeowners.

Cause of the four-alarm fire is unknown and remains under investigation.

On Tuesday, March 26, another structure fire caused extensive damage to a shed on Clear Lake Rd, west of the intersection with Dean Rd.

The fire was located on the south side of Clear Lake Rd, just inside the Goodland Twp. border. The north side of the Rd. is in Sanilac County’s Burnside Twp.

Firefighters from Goodland Twp. and Brown City responded to the scene around 3:30 p.m. Passersby had reported seeing heavy smoke and flames coming from a shed.

Shortly after their arrival, firefighters requested further mutual aid from North Branch and Mussey Twp. (St. Clair County) Fire Departments for manpower and water.

The shed was a complete loss, although firefighters were able to minimize damage to other close-by structures.

Due to extensive wind-driven flames spreading throughout the structure, the building’s roof collapsed during the incident.

The Clear Lake Road incident remains under investigation and no immediate cause was known. The Lapeer County Sheriff Department and Lapeer EMS provided assistance at both incidents.