ST. GEORGE- A barbecue fire in the backyard of a Bloomington Hills home that ended up in the attic on Friday afternoon and may have displaced the occupants of the home.
The St. George Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire on Chokeberry Drive in Bloomington Hills shortly after 4:30 p.m.
“The original report indicated that (the fire) originated from a barbecue on the patio,” St. George Fire Battalion Chief Robert Hooper said at the scene.
The barbecue was right next to the house, which allowed the flames to reach the outside wall and the attic. From there he went to the attic where firefighters found “a fairly active fire,” Hooper said.
Firefighters spent the next 20 minutes extinguishing the flames as smoke billowed from parts of the attic. However, the smoke cleared when the fire was extinguished.
With the fire mostly under control, firefighters focused on checking other parts of the attic and removing smoldering insulation along the way. They did this to ensure the fire was fully extinguished and would not rekindle.
As to what caused the barbecue to ignite, Hooper said it is under investigation.
Although he made no estimate regarding the potential costs of damage to the house, the battalion chief said the occupants of the house were likely to be relocated until repairs were made to the building.
No one was injured in connection with the fire, he said.
About 16 firefighters, four fire engines and a ladder truck arrived on the scene to fight the blaze. A response of this size is standard procedure for the fire department when called to a home fire.
A resumption of the original fire was reported after 7 p.m. and was later extinguished.
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