Basement fire damages Lee home
LEE — No one was home when a basement fire ignited at a one-story home on Davidson Road in Lee Wednesday evening, according to the Lee Center Fire Department.
Fire Chief James Rouillier Jr. said a neighbor spotted the fire at 8730 Davidson Road and called 911 at 7:40 p.m. Davidson Road runs north and south between Lee Valley and Brookfield roads, west of Lee Center.
"The neighbor lives across the street and noticed a glow in their big, picture window," Chief Rouillier stated.
Volunteers from three local departments responded to the scene, and the chief said, "there was an open fire inside."
"We made an interior attack," he explained. Crews went inside to battle the blaze, though the chief said he pulled them out shortly after when they found a hole in the floor. The chief said they learned the fire had started in the basement, so the fight was switched to focus downstairs.
The flames took about 30 minutes to get under control, the chief said. No firefighters were harmed.
The fire damage was contained to the basement and some of the first floor, with smoke and water damage throughout. The chief said he does not know if the home is a total loss.
Chief Rouillier did note that before the family left the residence, they closed all of their bedroom doors, which kept the fire and too much smoke from getting into the bedrooms.
"They shut all their bedroom doors, and it may have saved a lot of the belongings in their bedrooms," Rouillier said.
The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation, the chief stated.
"We believe it's pointing to an electrical fire," he noted.
The Lee Center, Taberg and Lake Delta fire departments responded to the incident.
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