Local fire departments respond to Wednesday fire

HOUSE FIRE: Firefighters carry a ladder as they prepare to enter a home on Bluegill Lake, which caught fire Wednesday morning.  The  home is the living quarters for the owners of Bluegill Lake Family Camping Resort, with an office for the campground attached to their home. (Pioneer photo/Emily Grove-Davis)

HOUSE FIRE: Firefighters carry a ladder as they prepare to enter a home on Bluegill Lake, which caught fire Wednesday morning. The home is the living quarters for the owners of Bluegill Lake Family Camping Resort, with an office for the campground attached to their home. (Pioneer photo/Emily Grove-Davis)

MARTINY TWP.  — Quick response from local fire departments on Wednesday saved a Martiny Township office space attached to a home, which officials say also may be salvageable.

Around 11 a.m., a fire broke out in the home on Pretty Lake Drive situated on Bluegill Lake. Chippewa-Martiny Fire Department, Barryton Community Fire Department and Morton Township Fire Department all were on scene to extinguish the blaze.

Barryton Community Fire Department Chief Terry Vogel said the units were able to get the fire under control within 15 minutes of arriving.

“The fire started in the home, but we were able to keep it out of the attached office,” Vogel said. “Since it’s right on the lake, our trucks drew water from there to help put out the flames.”

The house belongs to Paul and Nancy Maitre, who own and operate Bluegill Lake Family Camping Resort. The house was the living space, which was connected to the campground’s office.

Paul was inside the house when the fire started and believes it was caused by the fireplace.

“It was a chimney fire,” he said. “It spread very quickly.”

After calling 911, Paul was able to get himself and three of the family’s five cats out of the home safely. Paul said within 10 minutes of placing the call, fire units arrived.

Fork Township Rescue and EMS also were on scene.

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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