Carpet cleaning van catches fire, causes minor damage to client's house
A malfunction in a carpet cleaning van caused a fire that destroyed the van and nearly caught a customer's house on fire in Ypsilanti Township on Saturday, a firefighter said.
Ypsilanti Township Fire Lt. Keith Harr said the van was at a home in the 6200 block of Maplehurst Drive, where a crew was cleaning carpets.
Hoses were stretched into the house, where the crew had finished cleaning the first-floor carpets, when something malfunctioned and the van caught fire at 11:07 a.m. The fire spread to the garage soffit and siding.
Ypsilanti Township firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, but the van was destroyed, Harr said. Damage to the house was limited to the siding and soffit and a basketball hoop.