By Pat Maurer
A quick thinking five-year-old saved her mom and sister last Friday when she “saw fire on a wall in the back of their home.”
Clare Assistant Fire Chief Sam Eberhart said Ashley Kruscamp and her two daughters were at home late Friday afternoon, when the youngster alerted her mother to the danger.
The family, Troy and Ashley, their two daughters and two dogs live at the single-story home at 8885 E. Clarabella Road. Eberhart said husband Troy was at work at the time.
The two girls, their mother and both of the dogs made it out of the burning home safely and fled to a neighbors. The Clare Fire Department received the call around 6:41 p.m. “When we arrived flames were already through the roof.” Eberhart said.
Firemen from Clare with assistance from Surrey Township and the Coleman Fire Department, fought the blaze, at times during a pouring rain, for the next three hours. Eberhart said ice, packed down by the rain, hampered firefighters. “It was really treacherous,” he said.
Mobile Medical Response was also on the scene, but thankfully no one was injured.
Eberhart said that the cause of the fire is “undetermined,” and that the home is a “total loss.”