Fire destroys Free Soil Township home

May 22, 2023

Fire destroys Free Soil Township home

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

FREE SOIL TOWNSHIP — Fire destroyed a house overlooking Gun Lake Monday afternoon. Initial dispatch reports stated a yard had caught fire near a house at 7196 N. Poplar Road. Homeowners Joe and Amber Howe said they didn’t know what had started the fire. The fire quickly made its way to Howe’s home, engulfing it in flames.

Emergency personnel were initially dispatched at 12:42 p.m. Emergency units responding included Free Soil/Meade Fire Department, Grant Township Fire Department, Fountain Area Fire Department, Custer Fire Department, U.S. Forest Service and Mason County Sheriff’s Office. Other support services assisting included Fountain Area Fire Department Auxiliary, American Red Cross and Great Lakes Energy.

Joe Howe said he has lived in the house for 20 years and likely lost everything he had in the fire. His dog was able to escape safely. Anyone wishing to help may send checks to Joe Howe, 7196 N. Poplar Rd., Free Soil, MI 49411.


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