Ann Arbor residents escape house fire after passerby alerts them
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
Ann Arbor residents escaped a house fire after a passerby knocked on their door to alert them early Monday morning, firefighters said
The passerby spotted the fire at the home in the 3300 block of Packard Street about 1:30 a.m., called 911 and knocked on the door, which resulted in the residents getting out safely, firefighters said in a press release.
When Ann Arbor firefighters arrived at the home near the intersection of Packard and Platt Road, smoke was coming from the second floor. The fire spread to the attic, roof and part of the first floor before they could get it under control.
Firefighters found one cat alive inside the house. A second cat was missing Monday morning.
Smoke detectors in the home were not believed to be working. Firefighters credited the passerby with taking critical life-saving action.
Firefighters brought the blaze under control in 30 to 40 minutes, but a crew was still at the scene early Monday. The cause of the fire, believed to be accidental, had not been determined. The fire marshal was investigating.
Damage was estimated at $75,000.
Editor's note: The location of this fire has been corrected. The initial location provided in a press release was incorrect.