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Family loses home to fire

This fire in Oakfield Township burned the home of the Doug and Tonia Zain family on New Year’s Eve. Courtesy Photo

This fire in Oakfield Township burned the home of the Doug and Tonia Zain family on New Year’s Eve. Courtesy Photo

By Judy Reed

An Oakfield Township family had a tragic end to 2014, when they lost their home in a fire New Year’s Eve.

Firefighters were called to the home of Doug and Tonia Zain, 10638 15 Mile, on Harvard Lake, at 8:13 p.m. on December 31. According to Oakfied Fire Chief Sam Peterson, a neighbor saw the fire and called 911. The Zains, who own Zain’s Party Store on 14 Mile Road, were not home at the time, but arrived shortly after the firefighters arrived.

“Fighting the fire was really difficult,” said Peterson. “The winds were really strong, and battled against us. It just pushed the fire through the house.”

He said the fire started in the corner of the dining room/living room. A fire investigator was scheduled to investigate the scene Wednesday, to try to determine a cause.

courtesy photo

courtesy photo

Peterson said the home was likely a total loss. “We stopped the fire before it got to the bedroom section, but it was already in the attic, and there was a lot of water and smoke damage,” he explained. An unattached garage was also damaged.

The damages were estimated to be at $175,000.

There was one pet in the home, but Peterson said the neighbor opened the door and let it out before firefighters arrived.

Assisting Oakfield at the scene was Courtland, Grattan and Spencer Fire Departments.

At last report, the family was staying with friends.

 

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