Home torn down Tuesday after burning in December

MANISTEE — A two-story home on Cypress Street in Manistee was torn down Tuesday after burning down in December.

The home was torn down by Lyman Excavating, Inc., of Kaleva.

Fire department crews took six-and-a-half hours to completely extinguish the fire on Dec. 20.

Occupied by the five-member Dahlgren family, parents Shannon Edel-Dahlgren and John Dahlgren returned home from Christmas shopping in Traverse City to find their home in flames.

Almost immediately after the fire, the community reached out to help the family in need, just five days before Christmas.

Manistee High School set up a GoFundMe account — the family’s two boys are MHS students and the daughter is a 2010 MHS graduate.

“They have really given us our Christmas spirit,” Dahlgren said in December. “It was nonexistent on Saturday, and they really brought that spirit back for us.”

The family stayed at the second home of a mutual acquaintance immediately after the fire, and within 20 days, had moved into a new, permanent home in Manistee.

“I don’t think the timeline would’ve been as short as it was without the community support,” she said a little over a month since the fire. “I have nobody to thank but the community for the timeline being so short. We were so, so lucky.”

Dahlgren said the family went back to the home several times to salvage what they could from the house.

“We were able to salvage some things from the basement,” she said. “Some Halloween decorations, some things in totes that had been knocked over.”

Between the GoFundMe account and the donations received at West Shore Bank, she said around $6,000 was raised for the family.

She also said the family received items such as clothing, food and blankets almost daily for two weeks after the fire.

City of Manistee Public Safety Director David Bachman said insurance investigators found the cause to be undetermined, yet the investigation is closed by the City of Manistee police department, which determined the cause was due to cigarette smoking.

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Posted by Sean Bradley

Sean is the city and cops and courts reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the entertainment and Reasons to Celebrate pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3109 or sbradley@pioneergroup.com.

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