Occupants not injured in house fire
Pets believed to be inside
DEEP RIVER TWP. — A house fire March 12 on Sterling Road east of Grove Road did not cause any injuries to the home’s occupants, but pets were believed to be in the house at the time of the fire.
Sterling Area Fire Department Chief Scott Adams said two dogs were reportedly inside during the fire, which occurred in the 3600 block of Sterling Road. Adams said he was one of the first firefighters on scene, and the house was a total loss when he arrived.
“It was gone before we even were called in on it,” he said.
The fire was reported at approximately 2:45 p.m., and the scene was cleared at approximately 6:20 p.m.
The cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. Adams said contacting the state fire marshal’s office for an investigation is under consideration, but he said typically home insurance companies conduct their own investigations and the state usually does not investigate unless a resident is killed in a fire.
The Sterling Area Fire Department was assisted on the scene by the Standish Area Fire Authority, MMR and Consumers Electric. The Arenac County Sheriff’s Department assisted with traffic control on Sterling Road.