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Traverse City house fire sends three people to the hospital

"Wife and I were watching TV and we could smell something and we couldn't figure out what it was. Wife went to the window and looked out and saw the emergency vehicles out front so we came out to see what was going on to discover our neighbor's house was on fire," said Marcus Beutler, who lives next door.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Three people are in the hospital after a house fire Monday night.

It happened at a home on Potter Road around 10:30 p.m.

Grand Traverse Metro Fire Chief Pat Parker says the fire started in the basement.

A next-door neighbor says he could smell smoke inside his home

"Wife and I were watching TV and we could smell something and we couldn't figure out what it was. Wife went to the window and looked out and saw the emergency vehicles out front so we came out to see what was going on to discover our neighbor's house was on fire," said Marcus Beutler, who lives next door.

"One gentleman was burned fairly badly, singed his face so he's at the hospital right now. Mom and dad are at the hospital with smoke inhalation," said Chief Parker.

Chief Parker says there is some damage to the house but the family should be able to move back in soon.

Investigators are still trying to figure out what caused the fire.

The people in the home said the fire detectors that woke them up were installed by area firefighters during the Safe Neighborhood Campaign in October 2015.


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