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Pets die in Harvey house fire

January 12, 2010
By STEVE BROWNLEE, Journal Staff Writer

HARVEY - No one was injured but three cats perished in a house fire in Harvey this morning.

Chocolay Township and several other fire departments were called just before 8 a.m. to the single-family, one-story home at 155 E. Wright Place, according to a spokeswoman with Central Dispatch.

The house's lone resident, Rosa Hoy, was not home at the time of the fire, but her three cats that died were in the structure, according to Chocolay Township Fire Chief Gary Johnson.

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This single-family, one-story home at 155 E. Wright Place in Harvey sustained heavy heat, smoke and water damage from a fire this morning. Three cats perished in the fire. (Journal photo by Andy Nelson-Zaleski)

The house sustained heavy damage even though the actual blaze was confined to around the kitchen, an entryway and part of the ceiling, Johnson said. The rest of the structure sustained heavy heat, smoke and water damage.

The chief estimated the damage at $40,000 to $50,000 and said the house is not habitable, but wasn't sure if it would have to be torn down.

Firefighters were able to enter the front door of the house immediately upon arrival and had the blaze controlled within 10 minutes, Johnson said.

The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen and be accidental, Johnson said, though a Michigan State Police fire investigator was scheduled to arrive at the scene later today.

About 35 firefighters from the Chocolay, Sands, Skandia-West Branch and Marquette township fire departments were at the scene, Johnson said, with extra water capacity since the township doesn't have a municipal water system. MediRide EMS and the Chocolay Township Police Department also assisted.



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