Dowagiac firefighters respond to house fire

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Local firefighters briefly battled a residential blaze on Lowe Street Monday, according to a release from the Dowagiac Police Department.

According to authorities, crews with the Dowagiac Police Department were dispatched to a report of a structure fire at 102 S. Lowe St. at 4:53 p.m. that afternoon. The fire call had come from one of the tenets of the house, who had entered the building and discovered it was full of smoke, prompting her to escape and call 911.

The first engine arrived on the scene four minutes later, with firefighters noticing heavy smoke emanating for the back of the two-story home. One of the tenets told the crews that everyone had been evacuated from the house and that she had saw a fire emanating from the kitchen.

Firefighters entered the house and confirmed that there was a blaze in the kitchen. They then set out to extinguish the flame, quickly putting it out before it could damage the rest of the home and destroy the tenant’s property.

Fire crews declared the fire under control at 5:10 p.m., and cleared the scene at 5:56 p.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire. The kitchen area of the home suffered the bulk of the fire damage; the living room area received heavy smoke damage, while other parts of the building received minor smoke damage.

Officials have determined the fire was started accidently, caused by the electric stove, though officers have not determined if it was the fault of a malfunctioning burner switch or if it had been accidently left on.

Dowagiac firefighters were assisted on the scene by Pride EMS and the Dowagiac Police Department. This was incident number 38 for the fire department this year.