During the early morning hours of Sunday 1-14-18 Penn Twp. Fire Department was dispatched to a house on fire at 11849 Willard St off of Cedar Trail. Units arrived within 5 minutes of the 911 call and found heavy fire coming from the attached garage of the residence and that all occupants had evacuated prior to fire department arrival. Units performed an aggressive interior attack on the fire but had to be pulled out due to the heavy fire in the attic space and collapse of the roof.
Penn Fire was assisted by Clay Fire Territory, Mishawaka Fire, Cleveland Twp. Fire, Baugo Twp. Fire as well as SJCPD and SJC Highway. Units were hampered by the sub-zero weather as well as the lack of fire hydrants in the area. The cause of the fire is under investigation but appears to be started by an electrical issue in the garage. The damage is estimated to be around $120,000.
Penn Twp. Fire Dept. would like to remind everyone that WORKING SMOKE DETECTORS SAVE LIVES! In this case the residents were sleeping and were alerted by a working smoke detector. If you live in Penn Twp. you can request free smoke detectors by calling us at 574-255-5075.