Fireworks Blamed for Garage, House Fire at Carrington Farms (MI)

Dean Cousino

Monroe News, Mich.

(MCT)

Jul. 8—Fireworks are believed to have caused a fire that ravaged a one-story home in the Carrington Farms subdivision in Monroe Township Saturday night.

Capt. Calvin Schmitt, fire inspector for the Monroe Township Volunteer Fire Department, inspected the damage Wednesday morning and said the official cause would be listed as “undetermined.” However, he added that multi-shell fireworks shot off that night by the homeowners and found by the investigator “most likely” caused the fire based on the time frame and elements found.

“I found several cardboard tubes that were so burnt and so brittle piled up next to the trash containers in the garage,” Schmitt said after the inspection. “They were most likely the cause. But there was a Ford Focus inside the garage and an electric car outside with a 240-amp electric charger on the wall inside. I just can’t rule out the charger or the ignition sources either.”

The fire at 852 Apsley St. destroyed the 2016 Focus along with the 24-by-24-foot garage. The large plastic trash containers were completely melted on the floor.

Schmitt said that the blaze was called in by a neighbor about 11:30 p.m. who saw flames coming through the garage doors that were open at the time.

Two of the men who lived in the home were reportedly in the basement at the time of the fire. One of the men, 34, told deputies from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office that he smelled smoke and went upstairs to investigate. He was met by heavy smoke, at which point he alerted his housemate and the two exited the home.

They reportedly saw the garage fully engulfed as they were exiting the dwelling, at which point they called 911.

The house sustained extensive fire, smoke and water damage, with Schmitt saying that portions of the home will need to be rebuilt.

Firefighters from Monroe Township, City of Monroe, Frenchtown Township, Ida and LaSalle Township also responded to the scene. Monroe Community Ambulance and the American Red Cross also assisted.

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