While most people in the city slept, a fire broke out in a van parked in a driveway.
While on night patrol on Tuesday, July 2, at 1:30 a.m., Cedar Springs Police Officer Christopher Richardson started to smell smoke in the city and began to investigate. He located a burning vehicle at 71 W. Beech Street and alerted the fire department. He then woke the resident and made him aware of his van on fire outside in the driveway.
According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, the vehicle, a 1999 GMC van, is owned by a person in Greenville and was being used by this family member living in Cedar Springs. In addition to the van loss, the fire destroyed a number of heating and cooling tools, a small motorcycle and other personal belongings.
Parent said that the Cedar Springs Fire Department has not ruled out the possibility that the fire was caused by careless smoking. The fire originated in the area of the driver’s seat.
For those unfamiliar with Officer Richardson, Chief Parent explained that he has begun to cover shifts in Cedar Springs when full-time officers are off on vacation. “Chris has been working part-time hours in Grant and came to us as a certified patrol officer,” said Parent. “Officer Richardson completed his field training program and has been filling shifts over the last couple of weeks.”