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Fire ravages mobile home


N-Fire2A Solon Township family is homeless for the holidays after a fire destroyed their mobile home Wednesday morning.

According to Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake, he received a call at the fire station at 9:39 a.m. from a neighbor reporting the fire at 2280 18 Mile Rd, which is west of Algoma. Drake was on scene within minutes but the mobile home was already gone.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Ryan Guernsey, the neighbor said she heard what she thought was several gunshots and didn’t think much of it, but then she looked out the window and saw the mobile home in flames.

The Cedar Springs Fire Department supplied their engine and manpower at the scene to put out the fire.

A couple and two children lived in the home, along with several pets. Drake said that the family had left at 6:30 a.m. and so was not at home at the time of the fire. The cats were believed to be outside, but it is unknown whether the dog was in the home at the time.

Drake said the cause of the fire could not be determined. The family, who was renting the home, was uninsured. The home was a total loss. It is estimated the family lost $5,000 in contents. The assessed value of the home by the Township was $27,000.

Drake said the family is staying with other family members.

For those who would like to help the family financially, we’ve been told that an account has been set up for them at Choice One Bank in Cedar Springs. If you have donations of clothing or other items, contact Vonda Hendges at (616) 293-8282. The girls are 5 and 8 years old, and wear sizes 5 and 8. Also needed are women’s 6/7 in pants and medium in tops; and men’s 32-32 pants and medium shirts.

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One Response to “Fire ravages mobile home”

  1. Fisk says:

    First of all, the Cedar Spring Community’s generosity has been over whelming and the Fisk family would like to thank everyone for their help. Just to clear a few things up – there were only 2 cats which were outside and have been found. There was no dog. I’m not sure who said that there was only $5000 in content, but I would challenge everyone to replace a fully furnished 3 bedroom, 2 batch home for $5000. Truly the cost of the content isn’t the issue, it’s the fact that the article makes it sound that the value of their home wasn’t much. They have work hard everyday for what they had, and were actually purchasing the property, with the intent of putting a newer home there eventually. When it’s all said and done the value that means anything is that they are all ok. And with the help of family, friends and a very caring community they will rebuild.




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