ST. GEORGE — A barbecue fire in the backyard of a Bloomington Hills home that found its way into the attic late Friday afternoon that may have displaced the home’s occupants.
The St. George Fire Department quickly responded to a call about a fire in a home at Chokeberry Drive, Bloomington Hills shortly after 4:30 pm.
“The original report said it (the fire) came from a barbecue on the patio,”Chief Robert Hooper of the St. George Fire Battalion spoke on the spot.
A barbecue grill was placed right by the house. This allowed flames to penetrate the outside wall of the house and the eves. The barbecue grill was carried to the attic where firefighters found it. “a pretty active fire,”Hooper spoke.
For the next 20 minutes, firefighters extinguished the fire and the smoke that was escaping from certain areas of the attic. The smoke rapidly dissipated as the fire was extinguished.
Once the fire was extinguished, firefighters started to check other parts of their attic. Additionally, they removed all smoldering insulation. They did this to make sure the fire was completely out and didn’t start up again.
Hooper stated that the cause of the barbecue’s ignition is currently under investigation.
While he made no estimate regarding the potential costs in damages to the home, the battalion chief said the home’s occupants likely were going to be displaced until repairs were made to the building.
He claimed that the fire did not cause any injuries.
16 firefighters and four fire engines arrived at the scene to tackle the flames. One ladder truck was also brought on board. This is an unprecedented response. The standard procedureWhen called on to put out a fire in a home, the fire department will respond.
It was put out by 7:05 p.m.
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