A Liberty Center family is homeless after a fire struck their home Tuesday morning. The Liberty-Washington Fire department was dispatched to the Barry Like home at 365 Douglas Drive at 11:20am yesterday. The blaze had ignited in the living room portion of the home, and smoke detectors warned the family. They were able to escape without injury; but the split-level residence is a total loss, along with most contents. Napoleon and Delta supplied mutual aid, and the flames were kept from spreading to an attached garage, where a vehicle was salvaged. The Red Cross has been called-in to assist the family. The cause of the fire appears to be accidental, and is not suspicious. Malinta also supplied an air trailer, to assist fire-fighters who were on the scene for about 3 hours. The Liberty Center fire department was paged-out around 5:15am Tuesday, when an electric outlet malfunctioned and started some insulation on fire at a Maple Street home.
The Napoleon Fire Department responded to a blaze that ignited in the rear of the Escape Room and Laser Tag facility at Suzie Q’s at 535 East Riverview in Napoleon. Ridgeville and Monroe Township supplied mutual aid to fight this fire, along with Liberty Center. Heavy smoke and fire were coming from the roof when crews arrived at 5:14am Tuesday. A number of hot-spots made this a tough fire to battle. Crews were on the scene for about 5 hours, and the state fire marshall’s office will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the blaze. There were no injuries reported.
The community has to be thankful for the work of safety services in these extreme conditions, as fire-fighters and law officers deal with weather that is dangerously cold, while protecting property and lives.