Official: Superior Township fire started by unattended candle
The fire at a mobile home in Superior Township Tuesday completely destroyed the residence and caused about $70,000 in damage, according to fire officials.
Daniel Brenner | AnnArbor.com
Superior Township Fire Department Fire Marshal Wayne Dickinson said Wednesday the fire was caused by a lit candle left unattended on the back of a bathtub in the bathroom. Dickinson said the investigation showed the plastic candle holder caught fire and the flames spread to a nearby six-foot artificial Christmas tree.
The fire spread from the tree to the roof, Dickinson said. The four people who lived in the home were displaced and were talking with the Red Cross Wednesday about getting a place to stay, Dickinson said. Two of the residents, a man and his daughter, were hospitalized but were released by Wednesday, he said.
“They were overwhelmed by the whole experience last night, which is understandable,” he said.
Firefighters were dispatched just after 5 p.m. Tuesday to a lot in the 1515 block of Ridge Road. The flames were shooting out of the roof and thin, gray smoke billowed into the sky causing the fire to be seen from far away.
The majority of the flames were out by 5:45 p.m. and firefighters stayed on scene until after 8 p.m. knocking down any remnants of the blaze, Dickinson said.
The damage to the home itself was $40,000 and the damage to the contents was valued at $30,000, Dickinson said. The fire has been ruled accidental, he said.
The man and the woman were taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital and University of Michigan Hospital, respectively, after they collapsed with medical issues following their escape from the home. Huron Valley Ambulance personnel transported them to the hospitals after treating them on scene briefly.
Witnesses on the scene Tuesday said a dog lived at the home as well and managed to escape.
The mobile home was equipped with smoke alarms, which alerted the residents to the fire and allowed them to escape without injuries.