Rescue crews respond to Port Huron Township structure fire

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By Tony Wittkowski | City Reporter | The Times Herald

PORT HURON TWP. — The cause of a fire that destroyed a home in the 1200 block of 36th Street is under investigation.

Rescue crews responded to the scene about 2:15 p.m. Firefighters from Port Huron Township, Port Huron, Kimball Township and Marysville worked to extinguish the fire.

Port Huron Township resident Joshua Sullivan noticed smoke four blocks away from his house around 2 p.m.

Sullivan said he drove by and called the police when he saw the flames.

“There was a mattress laying on the front steps,” Sullivan said. “Clothes were in the front yard and the front door and the garage door was open.”

Firefighters entered the structure and went down into the basement of the building but were forced to evacuate the building after the roof collapsed, said Port Huron Township fire Chief Craig Miller.

“We had to do an interior attack to go inside and fight the fire, but part of the roof had collapsed at that point, so we had to back our people out,” Miller said. “We will do a thorough search and investigation of the fire.”

Port Huron resident Ed Forton, the homeowner’s son, said his father is on vacation in Florida.

“I already talked to him. He’s not too happy,” Forton said. “We were coming down the road and seen the smoke. I’m guessing someone was in there.”

The St. Clair County Fire Investigative Team will be investigating what took place, Miller said.

No injuries were reported in the fire.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at (810) 989-6270 or twittkowsk@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on Feb. 13, 2015)

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