TAWAS CITY – The Tawas City Fire Department (TCFD), along with the East Tawas Fire Department (ETFD), were dispatched to a structure fire at approximately 5 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 4.
The incident occurred at a home located at 210 Seventh Ave. in Tawas City, which TCFD Chief Steve Masich says was being rented by Michael Georgieff and his fiancée.
According to Masich, neighbors were outside and heard a smoke alarm sounding off at the Georgieff residence. They noticed smoke coming from the roof peak, near the rear of the home, and then called 9-1-1.
A Tawas City Police Department (TCPD) officer was first on scene and safely performed an initial search from the front door of the home, to be sure that no one was inside the building.
“The residents were not home during the time of the fire’s initial dispatch,” Masich stated.
He advised that the couple’s pet cat survived the heat and smoke, as it was found by firefighters during the salvage and overhaul process.
“The arriving fire personnel entered the home and quickly extinguished the flames and hot embers and also extinguished locations where fire had extended into the walls and spread to the second floor of the home,” Masich explained.
Fire crews were on scene for about four hours, he added.
“The main portion of the fire was confined to the kitchen area and into the interior walls, traveling into the rooms upstairs,” Masich continued, noting that heavy smoke and water damage also occurred throughout the interior of the home.
He pointed out that there were no injures as a result of the incident, and those residing in the home did have renter’s insurance.
“The preliminary cause of the fire was undetermined at the time of this report,” Masich stated, the day after the event.
Assisting the TCFD were the ETFD, Iosco County EMS, TCPD, Oscoda Township Fire Department and Iosco County 9-1-1/Central Dispatch.