Neighbors in northeast G.R. alert sleeping residents to fire inside their house

Posted at 7:02 PM, Jan 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-10 20:54:19-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. —  Neighbors who saw smoke coming from a house on Grand Rapids’ northeast side Wednesday afternoon alerted two people sleeping inside, and they got out safely.

It began just after 5 p.m.

Firefighters at the scene in the 3500 block of Brandau Drive told FOX 17’s Rebecca Russell it was a small fire that began in the living room, in a pile of items on the floor, including clothes.

Crews didn’t bring any hoses indoors to put out the flames. Instead, they brought the burning items outdoors.

A fire investigator was summoned to the scene, but a spokesperson said the fire didn’t appear suspicious in origin.

No exterior damage was done to the home. However, as a safety precaution, fire officials advised the residents not to sleep there overnight.

Interior damages were still being assessed early Wednesday evening.