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6-Hour Fire Causes Extensive Damage Inside Trenton Home

Firefighters were able to salvage some of the owner’s personal belongings.

Credit: Andrew Thurlow
Credit: Andrew Thurlow

Updated: 12/2/13 6:05 pm -- adds details. 

Firefighters had to battle frigid temperatures to extinguish a house fire at 204 Roehrig St. in Trenton Saturday, Nov. 23, officials said.

Trenton Fire Chief Jeff Evans said the blaze started at about 6 p.m. and lasted over six hours. Neighboring fire departments, including Brownstown, Riverview and Grosse Ile assisted in confining the fire from spreading to surrounding homes.

No injuries were reported.

The fire started in the basement and spread within the walls throughout the rest of the home, officials said.

Evans said the weather severely added to the problem: “With the wind chill, it was about 5 degrees.”  

John Kalisz, a Trenton firefighter, said “The fire...was very difficult to get under control due to the severity of the fire, the pitch black smoke, freezing temperatures and wind.”

A third-party fire inspector is investigating the fire. As of now, the cause is unknown. 

Firefighters were able to salvage some of the owner’s personal belongings, including photo albums and other keepsakes, Evans said. 

Despite the internal damage, the outside of the Bungalow-style home was virtually intact. 

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