Just before 10 a.m. a 9-1-1 call sent the Plymouth Fire Department to 15980 Lincoln Highway, to a rental house owned by Paul Costello.
Fire fighters from Plymouth immediately started battling the blaze and Polk Township assisted with manpower and a tanker. The fire was under-control in about 30 minutes and crews were on the scene for about two hours.
Fire Chief Rod Miller and Fire Investigator John Pasley conducted an investigation and determined the blaze started near a water heater in a utility closet at the rear of the home. The Chief said combustible material near the water heater ignited.
The renters were at home at the time of the fire and were able to evacuate the structure without injury. The family’s pet dog was not so fortunate. No injuries were reported by the fire departments.
The estimated value of loss was set at $60,000.
Marshall County Police assisted at the scene.
The American Red Cross is providing assistance to the family.