Fire engulfs Hersey residence

HERSEY – Multiple fire agencies responded to a house fire in Hersey on Tuesday.

First responders received a call shortly after 1 p.m., alerting them that a house on Riverview Drive off U.S. 10 was on fire.

“A neighbor (subdivision resident Sue Stern) passing by on U.S. 10 saw the fire and called it in,” said Hersey Township Volunteer Fire Department Lt. Jeff Weber. “You could see the fire from U.S. 10 and 170th Avenue.”

By the time Weber arrived on the scene, there were still active flames. Firefighters went to work getting hot spots under control.

“The biggest issue with structure fires is the fact that a lot of the ignited materials fall through the floor and pile up on each other,” Weber said. “That makes the blaze grow bigger and harder to get under control.”

Several subdivision residents watched as firefighters worked to put out the flames.

“My wife called it in and then came inside our house to get me,” said Stern’s husband, Eliot. They live about a quarter of a mile from the house. “I came outside and couldn’t believe it. The house was completely engulfed in flames.”

Stern said while he has met the homeowner, the house has been rented out for about a year. Officials could not confirm whether current occupants were home or not during the blaze.

Hersey Township Volunteer Fire Department, Evart Fire Department, Evart Area Brush 1 Fire Rescue and Reed City Fire Department assisted at the scene. Osceola County EMS and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Department also were at the scene.

The investigation is currently ongoing.