Posted: Apr 23, 2010 at 7:50 AM [Today]
An Ann Arbor fire inspector photographs a house severely damaged by fire in the 2500 block of Georgetown Boulevard in Ann Arbor this morning.
Lon Horwedel | AnnArbor.com
A father and his 6-year-old daughter jumped to safety from the roof of a burning house in Ann Arbor early this morning, and three firefighters were injured fighting the blaze. The mother and a 3-year-old boy fled through the front door.
Flames were engulfing the two-story home in the 2500 block of Georgetown Boulevard on the city's north side when Ann Arbor firefighters arrived shortly after receiving a call at 1 a.m., Fire Chief Dominick Lanza said. They were able to bring the fire under control within about an hour and prevented the fire from spreading to houses on either side.
One firefighter was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital for evaluation of a minor arm injury, Lanza said. Two other firefighters were treated at the scene by Huron Valley Ambulance for burns to the face.
The cause of the fire has not been determined. Fire investigators were at the home this morning. It has been declared a total loss.
"The structure is still standing but the majority of the second floor was fairly well consumed," Lanza said. A damage estimate has not been established.
Lanza said a loud noise woke the mother, who then woke up her husband. By that time, the family saw smoke, and the mother and 3-year-old fled out the front door. The father went to wake the 6-year-old, but by that time, heat and smoke were blocking the way to the door, so they went out a bedroom window. Lanza said they had made it off the roof by the time firefighters arrived.
All six Ann Arbor Fire Department units fought the blaze with 19 firefighters on the scene, Lanza said. The Washtenaw County Red Cross brought beverages to the scene for the firefighters.