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Windy conditions make Dowagiac fire hard to control


Firefighters have put out a fire at a large house in Dowagiac after spending hours at the scene. It broke out around 11:42 Sunday night on Division Street, just east of the Borgess Lee Memorial Hospital.

When crews arrived on the scene they say the first and second floors were engulfed in flames. They put out the fire on the first floor fairly quickly but had some difficulty getting to all the rooms of the second floor.

"The upstairs of the house is divided into different sections," said Dowagiac Deputy Chief Guy Evans. " There's a rear security-type door that we had to breach to get into the upstairs section and at first we weren't even aware of that."

Windy conditions also made it a difficult fire to fight. Firefighters tried to bust out windows of the home in order to ventilate it. They say this process makes it easier to let heat out of the building.

"Obviously in a 10 to 15 mile per hour wind like we're experiencing tonight, as soon as you do that you're fueling that fire with all kinds of oxygen and stuff," Evans said, "So it's very difficult to stay ahead of this."

Firefighters tell us four people were home when the fire broke out in the kitchen. They all made it out unharmed.


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