Fire damages Summit Township house

October 24, 2022

Fire damages Summit Township house

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

SUMMIT TOWNSHIP — Fire severely damaged a house at 5396 W. G St. near Bass Lake early Monday morning. Firefighters from Riverton Fire Department and Pere Marquette Township Fire Department were dispatched to the Priscilla Shepler at 4:28 a.m. Pentwater Fire Department was also called to assist. 

Riverton Fire Chief Joe Cooper said Shepler told him she was asleep on the main floor of the house when she was awoken by noises on the second floor. Upon waking, the house’s smoke detectors were activated. She immediately left the house with her cat and dog and called 911. 

Cooper said the house, located near Bass Lake, was originally a log cabin. He said a second floor was an addition to the original cabin. Upon arrival, the house’s second floor was engulfed in flames. Cooper said firefighters were able to contain most of the fire to the second floor, but the first floor sustained major water and smoke damage. He said the cause has not yet been determined. 

Cooper said the house was insured. 

Mason County Sheriff’s Office and American Red Cross also assisted. Cooper said the firefighters received food and beverages from the Wishing Well. Shepler is also receiving assistance from the Mason County Fire Relief Fund.

Firefighters cleared the scene about 8:30 a.m. 

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