Firefighters from Cedar Springs and Sand Lake were dispatched to the fire in Northland Estates, about 5:14 p.m. Tuesday, May 6. The mobile home park is located on Northland Drive, just north of 16 Mile Road.
According to Cedar Springs Fire Chief Marty Fraser, The Metzger family–a mom, daughter and son–lived in the home. The mom and daughter had left the home about 11:45 a.m. and returned home just after 5 to find it smoking. The son had been picked up at school by his father.
Cedar Springs Officer Chad Tucker was the first to arrive on scene, and he rescued the family dog, who did not want to come out. Two of the family’s 10 cats were rescued by the daughter. The other eight did not make it out.
Chief Fraser said that the firefighters got the fire knocked down in about 45 minutes. He noted that it was difficult to get to the fire because of personal items stacked in the rooms.
Besides Cedar Springs and Sand Lake, the Algoma Fire Department’s air truck was also called in to help refill the air tanks. There were five engines total and 30 personnel on scene.
They cleared the scene at 8:09 p.m.
Fraser and the Fire Marshal investigated the scene Wednesday. Fraser said they think the fire started in the area of the kitchen island, but that the cause is undetermined.
The family was reportedly renting to buy the home from the park.