Fire completely destroys farmhouse

A home in Bear Lake was destroyed after it caught fire Wednesday morning.

The Bear Lake Township Fire Department responded to the call at about 4:30am Wednesday to find the house on Glovers Lake Road fully engulfed. They called in mutual aid from Arcadia Township Fire Department and Onekama Township Fire Department to help with water shuttle and manpower.

The house was an old farmhouse and had recently been remodeled.

The two people who were inside the house made it out safely, along with their pets, which fire crews credit to their smoke alarms - which woke them up.

Firefighters don't yet know what caused the fire but say heating applicances are a common fire cause this time of year.

"People use different kinds of heating appliances to try and stay warm," said Chief Sean Adams of the Bear Lake Twp. Fire Dept. "You want to make sure that you keep a good, clear distance of any drapes or clothing away from those so they don't catch things on fire. That's a huge tendency this time of year - that people use things they shouldn't to try and stay warm with. And they catch places on fire."

Although firefighters were unable to save the house, they were able to save the nearby buildings and garage.

The home-owners do have insurance and are staying with family. The Red Cross has been contacted regarding assistance.