Sturgis home destroyed by fire

A single-family residence in Sturgis appears to be a total loss after it sustained fire, smoke and water damage early Monday.
The Sturgis Fire Department said it was called at 4:10 a.m. to the 400 block of West West Street. Crews were advised by Sturgis Police that all occupants of the residence had escaped.
Fire officials arrived to the scene and witnessed smoke coming out of eves and heavy fire at the back of the structure. Fire was quickly knocked down before firefighters made entry. Meanwhile, a roof vent was cut to help clear smoke and allow crews into the attic space.
Due to the age of the home and the nature of its construction, crews had a difficult time reaching the fire, department officials said. Many interior walls and ceilings had to be opened as well as much of the siding in order to fully extinguish the blaze.
Two of the residents received burns and were treated at Sturgis Hospital’s emergency room.
The cause of the fire is unknown and its origin will remain under investigation.

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