Home destroyed and 2 dogs found dead after house fire
A fire destroyed a house near Baker and I-94 on Saturday night, fire officials said Sunday morning.
The three residents of the home weren't there when neighbors reported the fire in the 7000 block of Marshall Road at about 6:30 p.m., said Chief Carl Ferch of the Scio Township Fire Department.
However, two dogs died in the blaze.
The cause of the fire is undetermined, Ferch said, but he's returning to the scene today to take another look at it in the daylight.
The initial investigation indicates that it started in the kitchen.
The residents were renting the home, Ferch said, and they didn't have insurance. The loss of their possessions and pets left them very upset when the returned to the home and found firefighters from Scio, the Dexter Area Fire Department and the Chelsea Area Fire Department on the scene.
"They were pretty distraught when I talked to them," Ferch said. "... The loss is devastating."
The home - just east of Baker Road, north of I-94 - was a small, masonry sided building. That made it easy for firefighters to knock the fire down quickly, Ferch said, but the heat was trapped inside of the structure, compounding the effects of the fire.
Firefighters were on the scene for about three hours.
The American Red Cross assisted the residents with clothing. Four Red Cross volunteers from the Washtenaw County chapter responded to the scene.