Ann Arbor home burns after garage fire spreads
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A fire that caused half of a garage roof to collapse Friday before spreading to the rest of a two-story home in northwest Ann Arbor resulted in a total loss, but no injuries.
Ann Arbor firefighters were dispatched to the home at 9:41 a.m. at the corner of Riverwood Drive and Timber Trail, northwest of downtown Ann Arbor, after a garage fire was reported, according to assistant chief Steve Lowe.
While on their way to the scene, firefighters were able to see smoke coming from the home from miles away, Lowe said.
Upon arrival, firefighters discovered half of the house’s garage had collapsed, while flames were coming from the first-floor windows and spreading to the second floor, Lowe said.
Lowe said at least one person was in the home when the fire began, but no one who lived at the home was injured.
“We had to knock the fire down in order to search for occupants,” Lowe said. “We didn’t go in through the garage because it had collapsed, so we went in through the front and rear of the home to search.”
Lowe said he wasn’t sure if the homeowner or a neighbor had called authorities to report the fire.
Smoke billowed from the area Friday morning and was visible from downtown Ann Arbor, making it difficult to even see the entire home for long periods of time.
Firefighters sprayed water at the collapsed portion of the garage, where most of the flames were still visible, until about 10:30 a.m. when the majority of flames had been extinguished.
The fire burned hot enough to melt siding off of the home, stripping it from some portions of the house and leaving melted remains on the front of the home.
A white Ford Taurus sat in the driveway of the home with the hood of the car opened and the engine area burned out.
It’s unknown what started the fire and investigators from the Ann Arbor Fire Department were arriving on scene at about 10:45 a.m. Friday.
Lowe said the cause of the fire wouldn’t be known until the investigation is finished.
Firefighters were sawing into the attic of the home to make sure all embers were extinguished at about 11 a.m. Friday. Crews were going through the home and spraying the last few flames that were visible when some of the other departments who were called to assist began leaving the scene.
The residents of the home watched their home burn while standing across Timber Trail from their house. They declined to comment for this story.
The Ann Arbor Fire Department called for mutual aid while on the way to the home. Crews from the Pittsfield Township Public Safety Department, Ypsilanti Fire Department, Ypsilanti Township Fire Department and Ann Arbor Police Department all responded to the scene. Huron Valley Ambulance service also responded to the fire.