Updated at 11:15 a.m. March 13

Occupants not injured in house fire

Pets believed to be inside

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Firefighters attempt to move deeper into the burning house to extinguish the fire.
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A firefighter sprays water toward the burning house.
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Smoke billows from a burning house on Sterling Road as firefighters attempt to put the fire out.
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The fire continues to smolder from what's left of the house.
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Firefighters look for a way to fully extinguish the fire.
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A chainsaw is used to cut a hole in a wall for better access.
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After a hole is cut with a chainsaw, firefighters work to remove a portion of the wall for access to fight the fire.
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Smoke consumes three firefighters near the south end of the burning house.
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Water is sprayed at the burning structure.
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Firefighters work to extinguish the blaze.
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A fireman sprays water toward the flames.
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A firefighters shoots water from a hose in an attempt to extinguish the fire.

DEEP RIVER TWP. — A house fire March 12 on Sterling Road east of Grove Road did not cause any injuries to the home’s occupants, but pets were believed to be in the house at the time of the fire.

Sterling Area Fire Department Chief Scott Adams said two dogs were reportedly inside during the fire, which occurred in the 3600 block of Sterling Road. Adams said he was one of the first firefighters on scene, and the house was a total loss when he arrived.

“It was gone before we even were called in on it,” he said.

The fire was reported at approximately 2:45 p.m., and the scene was cleared at approximately 6:20 p.m.

The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. Adams said contacting the state fire marshal’s office for an investigation is under consideration, but he said typically home insurance companies conduct their own investigations and the state usually does not investigate unless a resident is killed in a fire.

The Sterling Area Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Standish Area Fire Authority, MMR and Consumers Electric. The Arenac County Sheriff’s Department assisted with traffic control on Sterling Road.


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