updated/with gallery: Fire from wood-burning stove causes extensive damage to rural home
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An old-fashioned wood-burning pot-bellied stove started a fire that caused extensive damage to a two-story home in Superior Township Wednesday.
The chimney caught fire in the second floor of the home in the 7000 block of Vreeland Road, said Superior Township Fire Chief James Roberts. Neighbors saw the fire and called 911, then got the elderly man who lives there out safely, Roberts said.
"This guy was lucky," he said.
The fire broke out shortly before 9 a.m., Roberts said. The second floor and attic were on fire when firefighters arrived. They knocked it down quickly, but it took about an hour to extinguish, he said.
He said the home suffered extensive damage and is not inhabitable.
About 25 firefighters from Superior, Ann Arbor and Salem townships battled the blaze, Roberts said.
It was the second fire Wednesday caused by a wood stove. A fire near Chelsea early Wednesday morning caused about $100,000 damage, firefighters said.