GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Residents told firefighters the sound of an explosion awoke them in their southwest-side Grand Rapids home late Thursday afternoon. The residents and a couple of their pets managed to get out safely, but as of 5:50 p.m. Thursday they were still searching for one missing pet.
That’s according to a Grand Rapids Fire chief at the scene, 726 London Street SW. The location is north of Burton Street and near Clyde Park Avenue.
The fire – and possible explosion – broke out just before 4:30 p.m. and spread quickly. The fire chief tells FOX 17 the house is considered a total loss.
Investigators will return to the scene Friday to look into the cause of the fire. They said there was too much water in the basement Thursday to make a determination.
Grand Rapids Dispatch Authority had asked motorists to avoid Clyde Park Avenue while the fire was still active. It was put out shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday.