September 3, 2014

Fire consumes incomplete Standish Township house

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Firefighters spray water on the remaining flames of a house fire on Richardson Road.
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A firefighter manning the hose begins to become engulfed in smoke billowing from an under construction house in Standish Township.
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A firefighter kneels just outside a wall of smoke while trying to extinguish the flames.
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A fire burnt down a house in the 5600 block of Richardson Road in Standish Township on March 31.
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By Tim Barnum|Staff writer
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STANDISH TOWNSHIP — A house in Standish Township that was under construction was completely lost in a fire on March 31. “It was mostly finished but it was still being worked on,” said Standish Area Fire Authority (SAFA) Chief Mitch Oliver. According to Oliver, the house fire, which occurred in the 5600 block of Richardson Road and reported at approximately 5:45 p.m., burnt incredibly fast. “I got the call and went out there in my pickup. When I got there, there was still a full structure,” Oliver said. “Everything was still standing and by the time the fire trucks got there, there was no roof. “It definitely went fast.” He added the scene of the fire was closed at approximately 9 p.m., but the SAFA was called out to the same scene the next day. “They had a rekindle, just a very, very minor amount,” Oliver said. “When a house has that much wood and that much cedar, and I hate to say this, the fire can hide on you.” He says Jim Bush and Mike Jenkinson, State Fire Marshals with the Michigan State Police are investigating the cause of the fire. The Omer-Arenac Fire Department, the Pinconning-Fraser Fire Department, the Sterling Area Fire Department, the Arenac County Sheriff’s Office, Arenac County Mobile Medical Response and the Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribal Police supplied mutual aid. No injuries occurred.
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