Occupants escape trailer fire

October 2, 2013

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house fire grant township trailer park 2GRANT TWP. — A father and his two children lost their home early this morning when fire destroyed the mobile home they were living in. Grant Twp. and Free Soil/Meade fire departments were dispatched to 11651 Birchwood Dr. in Manistee Forest Pines Estates mobile home park about 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. Shortly before the fire departments arrived, deputies from Mason County Sheriff’s Office arrived on scene and reported the home fully engulfed in flames. The park is located on Countyline Road in northern Mason County.

manistee forest pinesA witness said the home owner reported he had looked out his living room window and noticed his deck was on fire. All were able to get out safely. Grant Twp. Fire Chief Ron Melchert said the front of the trailer was where the majority of flames were when his department arrived.

The West Shore Chapter of American Red Cross was called in to assist the family and emergency crews. A Red Cross volunteer said that one adult along with a 5-year-old and 8-year-old were living in the house. An ambulance from Life EMS was later dispatched because the home owner and his children were complaining of smoke inhalation.

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