Getting to a fire in Brooklyn took more time than normal, due to an address issue between dispatch and firefighters.
The Columbia fire department was sent by automatic aid into Norvell Township, which is covered by Napoleon Township, for a reported structure fire Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Columbia fire chief Scott Cota said that the occupants of the home stated that the upstairs of the home was fully involved. While on route to the scene, Napoleon fire officials questioned the address and location of the fire. It was then determined that the fire was at 302 Case Road in the Village of Brooklyn across from the old Ford plant.
Realizing that fire crews were directed to the wrong location, all units turned around and headed back to Brooklyn, said Cota.
Columbia Engine 4 with two firefighters arrived on scene and reported a large two-story structure, with no visual indication from the outside of the house that there was a fire inside. A few seconds later a report was given of heavy smoke upstairs that had not yet vented to the outside. Columbia Engine 2 arrived on scene and made the initial attack on the second floor.
“Crews experienced brownout conditions and high heat upon hitting the second floor,” said Cota. The fire was located in a bedroom that was heavily involved. The fire was knocked down, the smoke was hydraulically ventilated and the remainder of the fire was put out.
Cota said the second floor sustained heavy smoke and heat damage but will be able to be rebuilt. No fire personnel was injured, however, the owner of the home got her kids out safely but was not able to stop one older child from going back in to save his pets. That child was transported to Henry Ford Allegiance with mild smoke inhalation.