Pet dies as Christmas fire ravages Battle Creek home

Posted at 10:33 AM, Dec 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-26 08:30:59-05

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A family was able to escape safely from a Christmas morning basement fire at their home, but a pet cat was not.

At 5:56 a.m. Sunday, the Battle Creek Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at a house at 335 N. McKinley St. Upon arriving at the scene, fire crews discovered smoke and flames showing from the structure.

Everybody was able to get out of the house safely. Firefighters said several dogs were rescued but a pet cat did not make it out of the fire.

Damage was estimated at $10,000 to the house and $5,000 to contents of the home.

Firefighters had cleared the scene by 10 a.m. Sunday.

The fire’s cause remains unknown and remains under investigation by the Battle Creek Fire Department.

Firefighters noted that the residence did not have working smoke detectors properly installed.

A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family, you can find that link here.