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Posted on Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 3:16 p.m.

No one injured in Ann Arbor house fire

By Sven Gustafson

Firefighters evacuated a family and saved the family's cat Sunday morning after fire engulfed a home on the city's west side.


Firefighters battle a blaze at a house on Bending Street in Ann Arbor.

Photo courtesy Ann Arbor Fire Department

Firefighters found the home, on the 1200 block of Bending Street, fully involved after being called at 9:45 a.m., according to a news release from Matt Schroeder, acting battalion chief for the Ann Arbor Fire Department.

No injuries were reported.

Fire crews experienced heavy fire and smoke and called Pittsfield Township firefighters for support.

The cause was not known, and officials did not estimate damage.

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Wed, May 1, 2013 : 11:08 a.m.

@Sven- Can an update be done about cause of fire? This is helpful perhaps toward preventing house fires in other people's houses.


Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 4:02 p.m.

The map has the streets labeled incorrectly. Actual Bending is labeled Olden. Can someone tell Google?


Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 11:17 a.m.

Please do a follow up story on this fire! Cause, etc...


Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 11:16 a.m.

The lovely young couple whose house this is are my next-door neighbors. For anyone who reads a news story like this and thinks, "Oh, that's too bad," and jumps to the next story, let me tell you, the people affected are devastated. Their lives turned upside down in only two or three minutes. In a literal instant, they were faced with the need to decide what's really important and what do you let go. Perhaps this is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our priorities and have an emergency plan, in case we are faced with such a situation. The police and fire were truly wonderful, compassionate, professional, understanding. Thank you for keeping us safe.


Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 11:15 a.m.

Is there anything we can do to help?


Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 10:38 p.m.

Thank you, firefighters. What important work they do, and what good hearts (saving the family pet as well) they have. I'm so sorry for the family, and wish them well in their rebuilding.

Neal Elyakin

Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 8:28 p.m.

The firefighters were great. As we (the neighbors) comforted the family, and prayed that the cat was okay, the firefighters took care to find the cat (after securing the house) well and in good condition in the basement. Then, after asking the family what they need from the house, were able to retrieve one small photograph that meant so much to the family - again, after securing the house, a firefighter was able to find and deliver this photo to the family. For my neighbors, the ordeal continues; our hearts and our homes are open to them. Our firefighters, and the police and other first responders who were there, deserve high praise.

Robert Morford

Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 2:04 p.m.

Neal, please encourage your neighbors to contact the Red Cross at 866.971.5300. They can provide them with housing, food, and clothing and help them through the recovery process. They're available 24/7/365.


Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 10:46 p.m.

Neal Thanks for recounting how good a job the 1st responders did.


Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 9:30 p.m.

Great posting Neal. Glad the family and pet are well and it sounds like they have great neighbors to thank as well as all of the first responders.

Bob Anderson

Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 9:20 p.m.

wow! that's great service. Thank you A2 emergency response! My thoughts go out to the family.

Craig Lounsbury

Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 8:09 p.m.

what does the term "fully involved" mean?


Mon, Apr 29, 2013 : 10:35 a.m.

It means "loaded complete with mayo, deli mustard, lettuce, tomato, onion, and a kosher dill pickle on the side."


Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 9:45 p.m.

Consumed by flames


Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 9:03 p.m.

The structure has fire, heat and smoke throughout, as opposed to one room or area. Generally it means it's too dangerous to enter without fire hose support.


Sun, Apr 28, 2013 : 7:41 p.m.

Props to the firefighters for saving the family and a big meow from neighboring cats who didn't loose their buddy!