Ann Arbor firefighters respond to two house fires Friday morning

ANN ARBOR – The Ann Arbor Fire Department received calls for two house fires about an hour apart on Friday morning.

At 8:12 a.m. it received the first report of a house fire on Yorktown Drive in the north of the city. At the time of the fire, a teenager was the only inmate and was able to escape through a window. They were then taken to the University of Michigan hospital using smoke inhalation, said Ann Arbor Fire Department chief Mike Kennedy.

“When we were en route, the first crews arriving could see a rather large cloud of smoke,” said Kennedy. “Fortunately, the house had working smoke alarms. I don’t know if the smoke detectors alerted the occupant, but they went off when we got there. “

The family dog ​​also escaped the fire and the neighbors offered to look after the pet until its owners could return home safely, Kennedy said.

The cause of the fire is still unknown and is being investigated. The Ann Arbor Police Department and Emergent Health EMS assisted AAFD in the fires.


It was a busy morning in A2! We supported our partners at AAFD and @emergent_health on two separate fires. In the first incident on the north side of the city, the single inmate escaped through a window. Her pet also escaped and the fire was quickly put out.

– Ann Arbor Police (@ A2Police) March 12, 2021

A second fire was reported on the 1400 block at Harpst on the south side of town. Upon arrival, the firefighters discovered an older, detached, detached garage made of wood.

“It probably started with a power line problem, but that’s not 100% yet,” said Kennedy. “This is the first report.”

The deck and siding of the house were somewhat melted during the incident. No one was injured in the fire and an investigation to determine the cause is ongoing.

Kennedy said these events are good reminders that basic fire safety in the home is vital.

“The best without question is just working smoke alarms,” ​​he said. “With ‘spring forward’, it’s always a good time for people to put working smoke alarms in.”

He recommends switching to the ten-year lithium battery so that people no longer have to work with 9-volt battery detectors. The lithium battery detectors can be bought in any large store.


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