An exhaust fan in a basement bathroom could be responsible for the fire at a Solon home last Saturday, April 26.
According to Belinda Sanderson, who lives at 4499 16 Mile Road, she smelled something funny but couldn’t figure out what it was. Eventually she saw smoke coming out of a pipe in a furnace room, which ran alongside where the exhaust fan was, about 11 p.m.
The family and pets got out safely.
Both Solon and Cedar Springs responded to the scene.
Solon Fire Chief Jeff Drake said the fire was confined to the bathroom area, and they believe it started from an electrical short in the bathroom vent fan. They did rip down the ceiling in the basement to get at the fire, and used a thermal imaging camera to see if there were hotspots in the walls.
Drake said they estimate the damages at $10,000 to structure and $10,000 to contents. The family is currently staying with relatives.