Harrison home, garage, fall victim to blaze

January 11, 2018

Harrison firefighters spray water on a fully engulfed garage at the Price residence in an attempt to contain the blaze the destroyed both the garage and home on Poplar. Photo courtesy of Jeff Meixner

Harrison firefighters spray water on a fully engulfed garage at the Price residence in an attempt to contain the blaze the destroyed both the garage and home on Poplar.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Meixner

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

Extreme cold complicated by a metal roof hampered Harrison firefighters’ efforts to extinguish a fire that destroyed the home and garage of Chris and Michelle Price last Saturday evening.

Fire broke out at the home at 4723 Poplar, Harrison when a propane fired turkey cooker, being used for a shrimp boil overturned and ignited the porch of the home.

The call, reported as a porch fire, came in at 6:24 p.m. Firefighters arrived on the scene at 6:35 p.m.

“By the time we arrived,” Fire Chief Chris Damvelt said, “the garage was already fully engulfed and the back of the house was in flames.”

Damvelt said because of the extreme cold, the flow from the gas tank on the cooker was not working properly. When Price tried to remedy the problem, the tank overturned and caused the fire which quickly spread to the house and garage.

Damvelt added that liquid propane tanks in the garage blowing gas off through their relief valves ignited and caused a “blowtorch effect” which stopped firefighters from saving any part of the garage. He added that a metal roof on the home also prevented firefighters from “venting” the fire, which he said continued to burn under the roofing despite their efforts to contain the blaze.

Both the home and garage were totally destroyed by the fire, the chief said.

Firefighters from Harrison were assisted by Clare and Gladwin Fire Departments and by Mobile Medical Ambulance Service.

No one was injured during the fire, Damvelt said.

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