2017-07-14 / Top News

No Serious Injuries at Lakewood Cottage Fire

Firefighters quelled a fire at Lakewood Cottage on Lakeshore Boulevard that was called in about 4:53 p.m. Thursday, July 13. The fire was brought under control in about 90 minutes. No serious injuries were reported. Mop-up crews remained at the scene until about midnight, putting out hot spots and clearing smoke from the dwelling.

The brown, three-story, shingled cottage is owned by Richard and Mary Doud and was the former residence of the late Ann Bronfman. The Douds, reportedly, were in Petoskey all day and no people or pets were in the house when the fire started. 

EMS at the scene reported no serious injuries to firefighters. Two were treated for minor injuries.

Firefighters from St. Ignace and Inverness Township and Mackinaw City were ferried across to the scene to assist. Mackinac Island Ladder 1 and 2 and a pumper were used to fight the fire. About 38 firefighters were on the scene, according to a report releleased by Mackinac Island Fire Chief Jason St. Onge. Mainland fire crews returned home on the 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. ferries.

Extensive inside damage is reported, especially on the right side of the wood-framed house, which Mr. St. Onge said encompasses about 7,000 square feet. The fire originated in the basement, according to Mr. St. Onge, and 10 floor joists were completely burned away. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the State Fire Marshal.

Mr. St. Ongace said heavy smoke and fire greeted firefighters. 

“As entry was made, high heat and heavy smoke was present throughout the structure, causing firefighters to retreat several times,” he said.

The fire was discovered by a visitor and his daughter who were riding bicycles along the boulevard when the daughter noticed smoke coming from the house, according to Cathy Schadel, a vacationer and member of the Bourisaw family, who talked to them.

Brother Jim Boynton and Ste. Anne church volunteers made 20 meals from the Thursday night employee dinner and dropped them off at Community Hall. Bike shops and restaurants donated food, Gatorade, and water, and EMS, police, and fire departments all expressed gratitude to the community.

Mayor Margaret Doud commended the fire departments for working together so quickly and efficiently and expressed gratitude to the community members who donated food and water to the crews. 

“We are grateful no one was hurt,” she said. “Houses can be rebuilt.”

Mr. St. Onge said the first fire unit was on the scene in one minute, 35 seconds. Assistance was requested from the mainland immediately, he noted, and the three departments responding were on the next available ferry.

Reports and photographs by Cathryn Lien and Sasha Zidar

This story has been updated to incorporate information provided July 14 by the Mackinac Island Fire Department.

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