3 departments battle house fire in Salem Township
Daniel Brenner | AnnArbor.com
Huron Valley Ambulance spokeswoman Joyce Williams confirmed Salem Township, Superior Township and Lyon Township firefighters were on scene fighting the blaze. Flames were spreading throughout the two-story home as of 2 p.m. Friday afternoon.
One Huron Valley Ambulance crew was on scene but no one appeared to be injured at the home, Williams said. It's unclear if anyone was home at the time the fire started.
Firefighters were dispatched shortly after 1 p.m. to the home in the northeast corner of Washtenaw County. Heavy smoke was visible as fire crews approached the home, and Salem Township firefighters requested tankers from other departments to help extinguish the fire.
Northfield Township and Ann Arbor Township firefighters also responded to the scene.
Salem Township Fire Chief James Rachwal said there was no fire hydrant nearby and all water had to be brought to the home. The second floor of the home was completely ablaze when he arrived at the home.
The fire spread to the first floor of the vacant home, which might have been waiting for new residents to move in, Rachwal said.
Winds and icy conditions complicated the firefighters’ job of knocking down the flames. Rachwal lauded the efforts of other departments who helped Salem Township firefighters extinguish the blaze.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Photographer Daniel Brenner contributed to this report.