Multiple fire departments called to Sugar Grove Rd. fire

April 24, 2024

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

SHERIDAN TOWNSHIP — Multiple fire departments were called to a fire at 7784 E. Sugar Grove Rd. Wednesday afternoon. Fountain Area Fire Department was initially dispatched at 1:22 p.m. for a vehicle fire on the property, located between Campbell and Taylor roads.

According to Fountain Area Fire Department Chief Jeremy Goble, the fire quickly spread and consumed a nearby garage, several pieces of various farm equipment, trees and brush. It also singed the nearby house. Goble said a tractor inside the garage was destroyed.

Goble said he immediately called for backup from neighboring fire departments due to the magnitude of the fire, the smoke plume could be seen from at least 10 miles away.

Also dispatched were Branch Fire Department, Custer Fire Department, Free Soil/Meade Fire Department, Scottville Fire Department and Grant Fire Department. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources was also dispatched because the fire extended into the woods, Goble said. Also on scene were Michigan State Police, Fountain Fire Department Auxiliary, Life EMS, and Mason County Emergency Management.

Goble said the fire was contained in about 45 minutes. He said he did not know where the fire started and theorized that it spread to the vehicle, which is what caused a passerby to call 911.

The property is owned by James Porter. Nobody was injured as a result of the fire.


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