By Scott Bolthouse | The Huron Hub
Posted Friday, Feb. 10, 2023 — updated 10:51 a.m.
No injuries were reported after a house fire occurred Thursday in the Country Meadows manufactured homes community in Huron Township.
The Huron Township Emergency Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting a structure fire in the 28000 block of Spruce Drive at 2:48 p.m.
The 911 caller reported that the house had smoke coming out of it through the vents and that he could see that the inside of the house was smoky.
Everette Robbins, director of public safety, said first responders were on the scene and working the structure fire within 8 minutes of the 911 call.
No one was inside the house and the fire was contained to the single structure.
The fire was extinguished and the scene was cleared at 6:27 p.m.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
Several area fire departments assisted Huron Fire Department due to an auto-aid agreement that requests assistance from other local departments.
Six departments that responded to assist Huron included Ash Township, Woodhaven, Flat Rock, Rockwood, Exeter Township, and Gibraltar.
Huron Valley Ambulance and Rapid Response also responded to the scene to be on standby to assist throughout the afternoon and evening incase a firefighter from any of the departments was injured.
“Our Auto-Aid agreement worked just as intended and we can’t thank the fire departments that responded enough for their assistance. It is amazing to see multiple fire departments working together as a team to not only protect property, but to make sure everyone on the scene gets home safely,” Robbins said.
When firefighters arrived on scene, it was discovered that the community’s fire hydrants were shut off.
Robbins said that hydrants in the community were shut off on Thursday because of “needed repair and maintenance.”
Robbins said the delay in response due to the lack of working hydrants didn’t have a major impact on fighting the fire.
“It did cause a time delay, but firefighters were able to adapt and use other methods. We do not believe the delay caused a significant impact to the ultimate damage to the residence,” Robbins said. “We were able to use mutual aid tankers from Exeter and Ash Townships to fight the fire in the absence of working hydrants. They were also able to shuttle and draft water out of portable pools to supply water to Flat Rock’s Ladder Truck and Huron Townships Fire Engine.”