By Pat Maurer
For the third time in just over a month Clare fireman fought a blaze that destroyed another home in their district Monday. They were also called to assist in two other department’s fires since mid-November.
Clare and five other fire departments fought a blaze that destroyed the home of Tim Zahn of Fire Lakes Drive November 18. The second fire for the Clare Fire Department just four days later destroyed a duplex rental home on Fourth Street in Clare Sunday evening, November 22.
The department has been extremely busy lately, Clare Fire Chief Jim Chapman said. On November 27 the Clare department assisted Surrey Township fight a blaze at the home of Ian Sibney in Beach Tree Estates west of Farwell and on December 18 Clare assisted Harrison in a fire that nearly destroyed the Clodfelter home near Springwood Lake in Hamilton Township.
Just last Monday, the home of Mark and Lisa Dysinger at 10335 burned, totally destroying a two-car garage and causing extensive damage to the couple’s single story home at 10334 Clarabella Road, east of Loomis Road on the eastern edge of Clare County.
Clare firefighters were called to the scene about 12:39 p.m. Monday, Chief Chapman said, “The guys did good, but the fire was well underway when the department arrived. They knocked the fire down fast,” he said, “but the garage is completely gone.”
He said the cause of the fire was undetermined, but he believes it started in a breezeway between the 20 by 60 foot frame home and the garage. “It may have been caused by an electrical problem,” Chapman said. “We just aren’t sure yet.”
“Mark had been working in the garage and just returned to the house when they saw smoke and realized the breezeway was on fire,” Chapman said. “Lisa told me should couldn’t believe how fast the smoke filled the house; she said they barely got out in time.” He said Lisa called in to report the fire.
The Dysingers, their two dogs and two cats were uninjured, Chapman said Tuesday morning. “They pushed the dogs out, and the cats were rescued by firemen.” He added, “Mark and Lisa were already out of the house when we arrived.”
Chapman said the couple lost most of their belongings in the fire, but firefighters were able to save some of the Dysingers’ personal possessions from two bedrooms on the east end of the home.
He said the home was insured and professional investigators from the insurance company would, if possible, determine the cause of the fire. “There was a lot of damage in the breezeway area of the home,” he added.
Chapman said Monday’s fire was the second call to the home in four days. “December 24th about 8:12 a.m. we were called out there because an electrical pole was down on the front porch and electrical lines were on both of their vehicles.”
He said Consumers came and had replaced the pole and a transformer and had just restored the Dysinger’s power when the fire happened.
“Mark and Lisa are looking for a house to live in with their animals,” Chapman said. He said he thought they might be staying with nearby family until they can find another place to stay.
Firefighters were on the scene until 3:18 p.m. Clare was assisted at the scene by Harrison and Surrey Township Fire Departments and that Mobile Medical Response Ambulance Service was also there.
Clare Firefighter Jeff Michels is shown with one of the family’s cats.
Harrison Fire Department Captain John Loy was assisting Clare firefighters at the scene.
Photos by Bob Guiliani