Homeowners have quite a bit of cleanup after Friday’s fire, but are grateful that the damage was confined to the upper level of the home. photo by Tom Wearing.
August 06, 2008
IMLAY TWP. — Firefighters from Imlay City and Almont responded to a house fire on Ross Road Friday night, caused by a lightning strike.
Imlay City Fire Chief Kip Reaves reported that firefighters were called to the scene around 8 p.m. They soon discovered that a portion of the upper level of the home in the 7600 block of Ross was on fire.
Reaves noted that one of the homeowners was at home at the time of the lightning strike, but evacuated the premises and called 911 from a neighbor's house.
Through the combined efforts of both fire departments, said Reaves, the fire was limited to the home's upper story and roof.
He said one bedroom, two dormers and about 40 square feet of the roof were damaged by fire, adding that there was minor smoke and water damage to the home.
"The building remains intact and can be repaired," said Reaves. He said the homeowners are insured.
"I am pleased with how well the departments worked together to make a great save," Reaves reported. "The potential was there for a much larger fire. The firefighters got in, found the fire and got it knocked down quickly."
Homeowner Darby LeClair, who was in the home at the time of the lightning strike, credited firefighters for their quick response.
"They did a great job and have been very helpful after the fire," said LeClair. "(Fire Chief) Kip Reaves and (Asst. Chief) Rick Horton have both stopped by to offer their support."
LeClair said insurance adjusters have yet to provide a complete damage estimate.
Reaves pointed out that Ross Road is the dividing line between Almont and Imlay townships. Because the portion of the house on fire was on the north side of the road, it became the jurisdiction of the Imlay City department.
Additional assistance was provided by Almont police and Lapeer County EMS. Reaves further noted that one Almont firefighter was slightly injured at the scene, but was treated by EMS personnel and was able to return to his duties.