Fire destroys home.

March 4, 2021

Fire destroys home.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

HART TOWNSHIP — A family of five lost its home due to a fire Wednesday night, March 3, said Hart Fire Chief Dwight Fuehring.

No humans were injured in the blaze at 1295 Water Road, although a pet dog likely died, Fuehring said. Another pet dog was saved from the fire, however.

The older, two-story house was “fully engulfed” when firefighters arrived on scene, he said.

Approximately 30 firefighters from Hart, Shelby-Benona, Pentwater and Grant Township battled the blaze.

The family, which includes three children ages 6, 4 and 1, rented the home owned by Andrew Bosse, said the chief. The American Red Cross has been called in to assist the family. The homeowner took the family to a motel Wednesday night, he said.

There is homeowner’s insurance on the home, but Fuehring did not know if the family had renter’s insurance. They lost all of their possessions in the fire. “The house is totally destroyed.” 

The parents were awake and discovered the fire at the west end of the house. “They grabbed the kids and ran out,” he said.

It is not immediately known how the fire started.

Firefighters used 74,000 gallons of water on the approximate 1,500-square-foot home. “The walls collapsed inside,” said the chief.

“Everyone did a great job,” he said of the crews battling the blaze. They were dispatched to the scene at 10:15 p.m. and cleared the scene at 3:30 a.m. Thursday.

If you would like to assist the family, contact the local chapter of the American Red Cross at (616) 456-8661.

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