TAWAS Twp. – Investigation into a structure fire, which destroyed a residence in Tawas Township, is ongoing.
As reported, the incident occurred at about noon on Oct. 7, and there was no one inside the home at the time.
Tawas City Fire Department (TCFD) Chief Steve Masich advised that the TCFD and East Tawas Fire Department (ETFD) were dispatched to the residence on 114 N. Chambers Rd., which is owned by Michael McEwan.
“When the fire departments arrived on scene the structure was fully engulfed in flames,” stated Masich, adding that it took nearly 30,000 gallons of water to extinguish the 1,600-square-foot, tri-level home.
According to the person living in the residence, she and her son arrived from out of town that day and noticed fire coming from the rear of the structure, so she contacted 9-1-1.
“No injures occurred and the owner of the home did have home owners insurance,” Masich reports.
The cause of the fire – because of which the home was deemed a total loss – is still under investigation by the Michigan State Police (MSP) fire investigator units, he continued.
Assisting the TCFD were the ETFD, and providing water supply were those from the Grant Township, Plainfield Township and Burleigh-Reno-Whittemore fire departments. Oscoda Township Fire Department members also stood by in the Tawas area, while the local departments were working to combat the blaze.
Masich further notes that support units were provided by Iosco County EMS, the MSP, Iosco County Sheriff’s Office and Iosco County Central Dispatch.
He says that the TCFD was on scene for approximately 5½ hours.