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Posted on Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 5:43 p.m.

Fire causes extensive damage to Ann Arbor home

By Lisa Carolin


A home on Lincoln Avenue burns as firefighters work to extinguish the flames on Saturday. The photo was taken about 20 minutes after the Ann Arbor Fire Department arrived on the scene.

photo courtesy of the Ann Arbor Fire Department

A house fire in the 1100 block of Lincoln Avenue in Ann Arbor caused extensive damage to a three-story home Saturday afternoon.

The Ann Arbor Fire Department got the call just after 1 p.m. and remained on the scene until 5 p.m.

No people were injured, but one cat was found dead in the home's basement, probably due to smoke inhalation, a fire official said. Two other cats were rescued from the upstairs of the home.

"The fire started because of some sort of electrical issue and was a very labor intensive fire," said Steven Lowe, Ann Arbor Fire Department battalion chief. "The fire burned in between the floors and walls, which required us to tear down walls, floors and ceilings."

Lowe said the fire caused significant damage to the basement and first floor of the home, and smoke damage to the rest of the house. The family recently moved into the home, and a contractor has been working on the site.

The Pittsfield Township Fire Department and Ypsilanti Fire Department assisted on the scene. Huron Valley Ambulance was also called.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.



Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 1:21 p.m.

While conspiracies can be fun banter, this place had been sold already, and it sounds like the damage to the new homeowners is very extensive. I do not find it amusing to mock the situation when these people no doubt lost some personal items, have no home to live in, at least for awhile, and lost their cat. How about a little compassion?

Dirty Mouth

Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 12:25 p.m.

Based on the high home prices in the area and the fact that it was for sale makes this fire suspicious.


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 12:38 p.m.

"The family recently moved into the home, and a contractor has been working on the site."

David Cahill

Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 10:39 p.m.

Once again we are told "the cause of the fire remains under investigation.", is there any way you can routinely follow up on the cause and post it?


Sun, Jun 2, 2013 : 2:45 p.m.

Response times should also be a standard follow-up item in these articles given the shrunken FD. If I'm not mistaken the closest fire station to there is #2 which is closed.


Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 10:20 p.m.

Looks like the house is for sale, discount coming.


Sat, Jun 1, 2013 : 10:17 p.m.

"Labor intensive" fire in a relatively small structure. . . needed a2, Pittsfield, and Ypsilanti FDs. . . (isn't modern public safety grand?) Thanks to the FDs!