Emmet County Crews Respond to House Fire North of Pellston

Around noon, Monday, Pellston Fire Department was called to reports of a structure fire north of town on US -31 and Van Road.

Witnesses driving in the area say they saw flames coming from the windows of a home. When crews arrived on the scene the trailer home was falling through from the blaze. The lean-to and detached garage also caught on fire.

The structures are all considered a loss, but no one was injured as no one was home at the time of the fire.

Captain Jeff Mallory of Pellston Fire Department says a big factor in the scope of the fire was the strong, west winds blowing straight through the house.

Mallory says winds weren’t the only issue in battling the flames.

“Our biggest issue here is water supply,” he says. “So that’s where the mutual aid departments come in. So, so important. We establish the water supply here on the road with the truck and then all the trucks just rotating to a mutual aid, filling up every hour, dropping and picking up water at the airport and bringing it back during a resupply. We train that way. And it worked great today. We never ran out of water. And that’s super important for us.”

No cause has been determined.

“It’s too early yet,” says Mallory. “We’re just doing salvage an overhaul, putting out the hotspots And then we’ll start an investigation after.”

Mutual aid was requested from Carp Lake and Alanson Fire Departments. The Emmet County EMS responded as did the county road commission who subsequently shut down the road.

Crews were on scene for several hours after putting out the fire, which lasted about 45 minutes.
US-31 was closed from 12:30 pm to 4:15 pm as crews worked.
Mallory is appreciative of those who take the time to drive carefully when responders are working a scene.
“Anytime they’re on a fire scene or anywhere in an emergency scene, just drive safely. Pay attention to the people that are guiding you. First responders are paying attention to what they’re doing and they may not be watching for vehicles. It’s our safety- super important.”