Fire Damages Group Home in Pontiac

Fire Damages Group Home in Pontiac

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Nov. 20, 2020)

Pontiac, MI – About 18 residents gathered in the backyard and watched as smoke came from the peak of their group home in Pontiac around noon on Friday. Several of the elderly, disabled residents sat on lawn chairs and milk crates, not fully grasping they would not be going back to their rooms that day.

As flames grew in the attic, firefighters from Waterford and Bloomfield Township used a chainsaw, axes, and other tools to access the enclosed spaces and use water to put them out.  Their quick actions prevented the fire from spreading to other parts of the home, however the building cannot be occupied until repairs are made.

Located on Orchard Lake Road just east of the Gardner Walsh Nursery, the home is constructed of two houses connected by small building that serves as the hallway between the male side and the female side.  According to a caretaker in the home, the fire started when someone was using a torch to make a repair to the roof.

This story will be updated if more information becomes available.

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