Fire Engulfs 13,000 sq ft. Home in Okemos

By: Tim Gillette
By: Tim Gillette

MERIDIAN TWP - Fire destroys a 13,000 square foot home being built in Meridian Township Friday morning. A neighbor called the fire department shortly after 5 o'clock in the morning. Meridian Township's fire chief says that the large brick-frame home on Caberet Trail in Okemos was 90% engulfed in the flames when firefighters arrived. A ladder truck from East Lansing fire Department had to be called in to assist in putting the fire down. The fire was under control in about an hours time, but crews remained on the scene into the afternoon. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The fire chief says it may be some time before they are able to determine what happened, due to the extent of the damage and size of the building. No one was injured fighting the blaze.
No one was living in the home at the time. Construction was nearly complete when it was destroyed by the fire. Firefighters say the family was expected to move in in March.


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  • by MACKEY Location: OKEMOS on Jan 31, 2011 at 02:34 PM
    OMG i saw it on flames and when they put it out it is so sad because i knew the family too. i loved that house sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooomuch!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!thnx ~Mackey
  • by rob on Jan 29, 2011 at 05:02 PM
    No its not a typo. Unfortunately it is (was) my boss's house. Very sad thing and a great loss.
  • by Nancy Location: Haslett on Jan 29, 2011 at 08:03 AM
    I'm guessing the 13,000 sq ft. includes the lower level and I'm betting that the construction company that built the house was THRILLED with the work, considering the present economy.
  • by Linda Location: lansing on Jan 28, 2011 at 04:49 PM
    13,000 square foot home...is that a typo?
  • by Betty Location: Holt on Jan 28, 2011 at 01:15 PM
    13,000 square feet? Good lord, who needs a house that big?
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