Press Release: Residential Structure Fire, Imlay Township

PRESS RELEASE, for immediate release

Residential structure fire on Wheeling Rd in Imlay Twp

At 1:38 AM on 19 November 2012, Lapeer County Central Dispatch received a 911 call from a Wheeling Rd resident stating that her neighbors’ house was on fire.  The caller told Dispatch that she could see flames coming from everywhere. Dispatch immediately sent Imlay City and Goodland Twp FDs to the scene, along with Lapeer County EMS for fire scene medical standby.

Due to the heavy fog and zero visibility, it took extra time to get on location. EMS A30 arrived on scene within 15 minutes of the call and reported flames through the roof. Imlay City FD arrived at 1:56 AM and also reported a working building fire with flames through the roof and no occupants or vehicles on scene.  It was determined that the homeowners were not at home at the time of the fire.

ICFD Lt Dallas Hainds assumed incident command and immediately called for a 2nd alarm from Mussey Twp (Capac) FD. As fire fighters began a defensive attack on the fire, several small explosions occurred and the electric power line came off the house to the ground. The downed power line hampered firefighter efforts some what until a DTE crew showed up to cut the line. The dense fog also hampered FD tanker trucks bringing water to the fire. As tankers filled at fire hydrants on Graham Rd, they had to travel very slowly to and from the fire scene. A 3rd alarm was requested from Attica Twp FD for manpower and breathing air, refill equipment.

The house and all contents are a total loss as is a tractor and a car in the garage. No damage estimates are available at this time. Early indications are that the fire started near the garage area. Imlay City FD has requested the Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Unit to assist in determining the origin and cause of this fire; this is normal request seeking specialized skills from MSP.

Approximately 40 fire fighters were on scene and approximately 40,000 gallons of water was used. There were no fire related injuries. Fire fighters spent nearly seven hours fighting this fire and two (2) more hours cleaning gear, trucks and hoses.

Authority – Imlay City Fire Chief Kip Reaves,

Contact 810.724.6262