Truck, boat destroyed in grass fire

Tim Barnum
A truck and a boat were destroyed in a fire Sept. 13 in Arenac Townshio.
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ARENAC TWP. — There were no injuries reported in a Sept. 13 grass fire that occurred in the 900 block of West Conrad Road in Arenac Township, but an old truck and a boat that were parked near the fire were destroyed.

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Omer-Arenac Fire Department Chief Brian Leja said the fire was believed to be caused by fires set by the property owner prior to the grass igniting Friday.

“I believe it was smoldering from a fire the previous day or two,” he said. “The owner had been burning some things and the wind caught it.”

The fire was reported by the homeowner at approximately 3:45 p.m., Leja said.

“There was nobody home at the time it started,” he said. “Then, being down the dead-end road there, nobody saw it until there was a lot of smoke.”

Leja added that there were also some tires in the grass, which also ignited during the incident. He said with fall approaching, people should be cautious while cleaning up their yards, and make sure any fires are completely extinguished.

“We’re getting to the time where people are going to be doing yard cleanup with leaves and items like that,” he said. “Winds pick up and change direction. It makes (fires) get away pretty easy.”

A nearby residence and shed were not damaged in the fire, Leja said. The Omer-Arenac Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Standish Area Fire Authority. Leja said the scene was cleared at approximately 5:15 p.m.

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