Firefighters from 3 departments battle Kentwood house fire

Posted at 5:12 PM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 20:10:17-04

KENTWOOD, Mich.  — Crews from the Kentwood, Wyoming and Cutlerville fire departments late Thursday afternoon extinguished a house fire – but it took a while.

Kent County Dispatch Authority and a fire spokesman at the scene told FOX 17 the fire broke out around 2:59 p.m. The address is 5428 Pinebrook Avenue SE in Kentwood. That’s between 52nd and 56th streets, and west of Eastern Avenue.

The fire evidently began in the basement and then spread to the first floor, according to Fire Chief Brent Looman: “We had a difficult time gaining entrance to the basement area.

“The steps were burned away in some areas, and the fire appeared to have originated in the basement, then worked up to the first floor. Just very labor-intensive trying to get the fire knocked down.”

He also said they’re investigating what caused the fire – and no one was home at the time, and no people were injured.

“Nobody was inside the home, just the homeowner (who) came home and found the house on fire…and was able to make a quick call to us,” Looman said.

But the homeowner told FOX he was concerned about three pets that might’ve been trapped in the house during the fire. But there’s no confirmation yet on their status.

Firefighters were preparing to clear the scene around 5:40 p.m. Thursday.