According to the Ludington Daily News Custer, Scottville, Fountain, Free Soil, Riverton and Branch firefighters responded to a house fire at 989 N. Schoenherr Road this afternoon. Three adults and one child were in the home at the time of the fire and escaped. Firefighters broke down a gate and rescued two dogs from a pen on the back of the house.
Custer Fire Chief Larry Crawford said a Michigan State Police Fire Marshal has been contacted to check on the cause of the blaze. Crawford said the east end of the house was engulfed in flames when they arrived, and firefighters mounted an exterior attack to knock it down before putting people in the west side of the house to finish the job. Crawford said the exterior of the house was still standing, but the interior was heavily damaged.
The call came in around 2 p.m. and firefighters cleared the scene shortly after 6 p.m.
The Fountain Fire Department Auxiliary responded with warm drinks for the firefighters. The West Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross was aiding the people displaced by the fire.
Crawford said he was not going to speculate on a cause or an exact point of origin for the fire until the fire marshal arrived at his own conclusion and they could compare notes.