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Generator bursts into flames, causing fire at Allegan County home

Update: The family cat was thought to have died in the fire, but was located after crews searched the area.

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. — Update, as if July 21 at 9:30 a.m. : Crews searched the resident following the fire and located the family cat. 

According to the South Haven Area Emergency Services, the owner escaped the fire with the cat, but then the pet go away from him and ran back into the burning home. 

SHAES said the cat was found in the corner of the garage. 

Original Story: A fire started by a generator caused significant damage to a home in Allegan County and may have killed a family pet. 

According to a press release from the South Haven Area Emergency Services, the fire happened a home approximately one-quarter mile north of North Shore Drive around 8:45 p.m. on Monday. 

SHAES said the homeowner was trying to start a recently purchased generator when it burst into flames. The homeowner wasn't able to call for help, so he drove about a mile to the SHAES fire station on Blue Start Memorial Highway. 

When firefighters arrived, the fire spread into the house and through the attic.

SHAES received mutual aid from the Ganges Township Fire Department.

There were no injuries reported, but SHAES said a family cat may have been lost in the fire. 

Credit: Courtesy of SHAES
Credit: Courtesy of SHAES


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