Fire destroys two-story duplex in Monroe; eight fire departments respond

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Eight fire departments rang in the new year battling a fire that destroyed a two-story duplex in the Evergreen Acres’ subdivision in Monroe Charter Township early Saturday morning.

The structure fire off Plum Creek Dr. at Spruce St. in the subdivision located off S. Telegraph Rd. (US-24) was called in about 15 minutes after midnight, said Monroe Township Fire Chief Mark Cherney. The fire started in the rear of the building.

“It was well involved when we got there and within minutes it became fully involved,” Cherney said Sunday. “We had a second alarm and then issued a third alarm. We had a total of eight departments there, some brought engines and manpower.”

He noted there were “so many pockets of fire” and eventually the rear section of the duplex collapsed from the blaze. The original building was 1 ½ stories and then additions were added to make it a two-story duplex, he said.

“The damage was so bad we had to call in an excavator to tear it down,” Cherney said. “It was unsafe and unrepairable.”

Dave Hoffman, a local contractor, arrived with his son and another worker and demolished the building. An attached garage was burned, but not torn down, the fire chief said.

“There was nothing left except the garage,” he said. “It was a total teardown.”

Three vehicles were damaged by heat and the house east of the duplex had its metal siding melt, he said.

One man who lived in one of the two living spaces arrived and said he had not been to the duplex for two days. He was offered assistance from the American Red Cross, but he declined and sought lodging with a family member, Cherney said.

The other departments that assisted with the fire included Berlin Township, Dundee Township, Frenchtown, Ida, LaSalle, London-Maybee-Raisinville and City of Monroe. One Monroe Township firefighter was treated for exhaustion, the chief said. He was one of 15 firefighters from the township who responded.

All of the units cleared the scene by 8 a.m. Saturday.

“Everybody did a good job,” Cherney said. “We protected the other houses around it. There was a little separation (from the duplex)."

The cause of the blaze is still undetermined.

This article originally appeared on The Monroe News: Fire destroys two-story duplex in Monroe; eight departments respond

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