GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a house fire in northeast Grand Rapids.
It happened around 11 a.m. Friday in the 400 block of Quimby Street, just east of Plainfield Avenue. The billowing smoke could be seen from a few miles away.
Firefighters say working smoke detectors woke up the two people inside the burning home, who safely escaped.
“Smoke detectors did alert the occupants and that’s what we want to tell the community: make sure your smoke detectors are working, because working smoke detectors save lives,” said Bill Smith, investigator for the Grand Rapids Fire Department.
Safe escapes are becoming more common in the city, thanks in part to the Grand Rapids Residential Safety Program, which has installed more than 5,000 free smoke alarms in homes.