Crews Tear Down House Destroyed by Fire Twice

Posted at 11:41 AM, Mar 18, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-18 11:41:08-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– It’s been an eye sore for the last six months, but crews are tearing down a home destroyed by fire for the second time.  This latest fire happened around 1:30 Monday morning, in the 1200 block of Butterworth Avenue SW.

According to Grand Rapids Fire Investigator, Ric Dokter, crews found the back and side of the home completely engulfed in flames by the time they arrived.

The house has been vacant and boarded up since it first caught fire last November. Investigators say three kids, all under the age of 5, were playing with a lighter before that fire started.

Dokter said the cause of this latest fire will be extremely hard to determine, since the home was in such bad shape. While it was boarded up, it was not secured and had electricity up until last week.