Fire destroys vehicle, damages two homes
MILTON TOWNSHIP The fire was reported at 5:09 p.m. Friday, said Milton Fire Chief Loren Lippincott.
When Milton and Edgerton firefighters arrived on scene they discovered the fire had spread from a 1997 Chevy Suburban to the house at 1705 E. Road 2 and into a neighboring house to the east, he said.
“We’re not exactly sure,” what caused the vehicle fire, Lippincott said.
The homeowner of the single family, single-story home at 1705 E. Road 2 was home at the time of the fire but got out safely.
“He was home alone as far as I could tell,” Lippincott said.
The fire was contained to the exterior of both homes and caused an estimated $10,000 damage to the house next to the burning vehicle and between $5,000 and $7,000 damage to the neighboring house, Lippincott said.
No garage was involved in the fire, which was initially reported, he said.
Lippincott also explained the report of the sound of several explosions.
“It was two tires blowing up on the front of the vehicle,” he said.
Someone also had reported propane gas tanks near the fire, but “I didn’t see any,” Lippincott said.
“According to notes in the computer, the owner had moved them so they were never involved,” he said.
A fence, between both homes, also sustained some damage, Lippincott said.
No residents or firefighters were injured fighting the fire.
“It was a quick knockdown and everything went fine,” he said.
Initially, Lippincott called for a box alarm when there was a report of both homes fully engulfed, but that was canceled.
“The way it sounded I thought I needed to get extra help,” he said.
Lippincott did not have the names of the homeowners and said he would not have any additional details about the fire until today.