The heat of summer got much hotter on Thursday when a fire on Columbia Street in Dearborn completely destroyed a family's garage–and nearly took their home, too.
No one was injured in the blaze.
Firefighters from stations one, two and four responded to the fire around 11:15 a.m. at the home on Columbia, located between the intersections of Pardee and Summer.
According to Batallion Chief Andy Lenaghan, the fire began in the garage. However, the close proximity of the structure to the house allowed for the fire to jump onto the exterior of the home. Eventually, the fire broke a window in one of the home's bedrooms.
"It was mainly smoke damage inside," Lenaghan reported.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze before it spread further into the house. The only other damage to the home was to some pieces of drywall, which had to be removed to ensure that the fire had not spread in the attic.
The house was occupied when the fire started, but "the family was able to get out," Lenaghan said.
All this occurred while near-record-breaking temperatures climbed toward 100 degrees. Lenaghan applauded the quick work of the firefighters on the scene.
The cause of the fire is not yet known.
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