Release by Southard Fire Department:
Just before midnight last night (2/25/16), the Southard Fire Department was dispatched to a residence on Dantley Drive for a reported structure fire. Shortly after being dispatched, Assistant Chief Tucker arrived on location and confirmed a working fire in the rear of the residence making its way into the eaves. At this time, Jackson Township [Station 55] was dispatched for a RIT Team assignment, and Freewood Acres Fire Company was dispatched for a Ladder assignment. Upon arrival, Chief Ryan assumed command and directed incoming Engine 3-75 to stretch a 1 ¾” pre-connect to the rear of the residence. While 19-3 units were working on extinguishing the fire and beginning overhaul, units from Ladder 5-90 conducted primary/secondary searches and began to ventilate the residence. Howell First Aid was on scene providing a rehab unit, and Howell Fire Bureau was dispatched for the investigation. Units wrapped up around 1am. No injuries were reported and damage was contained to a single room and the exterior of the residence. Thanks again to all responding agencies who came to assist Southard, Freewood Acres Fire Company No. 1, Jackson Station 55, Howell Township First Aid and Rescue Squad #1, and the Howell Township Fire Bureau.