House Fire on 5th Road, Family Pet Dies

Kathy Bottorff
News Correspondent

This story originally appeared from WTCA at

Firefighters from three department responded to a structure fire on 5th Road Tuesday afternoon at 12:53.
LaPaz and Polk Township fire departments were dispatched to a house fire at 13560 5th Road after a passer-by called 911 and telling the dispatcher they saw smoke coming from the brick home.
LaPaz Fire immediately asked for a full response of mutual aid from the Plymouth Fire Department who arrived on the scene first.
Plymouth Fire Chief Rod Miller said the fire was contained to a back bedroom and with no one home at the time firefighters had to break into the residence to fight the blaze.
LaPaz Fire Chief Chris Oginsky investigated the fire and has determined the cause to be electrical in nature. He said damage was contained to the bedroom and its contents although the whole house had smoke damage.
The LaPaz fire department was on the scene for a few hours mopping up hot spots during the investigation.
The home belongs to James and Mary Husband.
No injuries were reported although the family did lose a pet in the fire.
This afternoon Lapaz Fire Department along with Plymouth and Polk Twp Fire Departments responded to 13,000 block of 5th Road.
Upon arrival crews found heavy smoke coming from the residence. The fire was contain quickly to the room of origin.
Helping slow the spread of the fire was the fact that the occupants had the fire rooms door closed, this helped minimize damage to the home and slowed the progression of the fire until crews arrived. Attached shows how well the closed door did its job.