Residents of a Rotterdam home escaped uninjured and a cat was rescued by firefighters in an early morning house fire Wednesday, officials said.
The fire was not suspicious, officials said, with an investigation pointing to a gas grill as a possible cause.
Firefighters were called to 239 Mercer Ave. about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Carman Fire Chief John G. Nuzback said. A second-floor resident heard a noise and looked outside, Nuzback said, then saw an orange glow and got the others out of the house. Three or four people were home at the time.
Firefighters had the blaze doused within an hour and a half, but not before it caused severe damage to the second floor. The first floor sustained smoke and water damage.
Firefighters pulled the cat out of the first floor, Nuzback said. The cat was doing well, he said.
The home is set back off Mercer Avenue by a long driveway, almost fully obscured from the road. Nuzback said they were able to get an engine and ladder truck to the home and its location didn’t really hamper firefighting efforts.
The fire is believed to have started on a second-floor porch, Nuzback said. Fire officials said later the investigation pointed to a gas grill located there as the origin. How it started was undetermined, but the fire was determined to be accidental.
Carman received assistance from the Rotterdam District 2, Stanford Heights and Fort Hunter fire departments.