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Culver and Plymouth fire departments responded to a house fire at 18036 16th Road in Culver Weds. afternoon which left little for homeowner Mike Fitterling to reclaim.
Culver trucks left shortly after noon in response to a 911 call. According to a neighbor, a motor home situated in a car port several feet from the back of the house had ignited, and flames quickly spread to the house's wood shingles and made their way up the structure. The Plymouth department arrived shortly to assist, bringing a tanker to relieve Culver's depleted water supply.
Firemen, who battled the blaze well into mid-afternoon, were able to retrieve a few photographs and other items from what was otherwise a total loss. And while no human life was lost, Fitterling says his dog of six to eight years perished in the blaze.
Fitterling says he'd driven to Bass Lake with a friend for coffee that morning, and the two commented on the black smoke visible on the horizon on their way back to Culver. As they drew nearer to the property, the realization hit that Fitterling's own home had fallen victim to the flames.
Fitterling himself built the two-story home in 1969, he says, and had resided there ever since.