Rath Avenue fire


Ludington 1st Lt. Fred Hackert starts to get water pressure into his hose as Ludington Fire Chief Jerry Funk looks on while flames show in a window at a home in the 200 block of North Rath Avenue Saturday afternoon in Ludington.

The Ludington Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 200 block of North Rath Avenue around 4 p.m. Saturday.

Flames were showing in the southeast corner of the dwelling, and smoke billowed from the front door after firefighters arrived on the scene around 4 p.m. Saturday. Smoke also could be seen coming from the roof.

“They had a toaster one of the kids was playing with behind a chair or a couch, and it caught a blanket and a tent on fire,” said Ludington Fire Chief Jerry Funk, saying the fire began in the southeast corner of the home.

Funk said there was a family of five — a father and four children — who were living in the house. The father attempted to put out the fire, but it spread. The fire went into the walls and into the second floor and roof.

Funk said most of the contents of the home were lost because of the fire. The American Red Cross is assisting the family with a place to stay, and the Mason County Fire Relief Fund also is providing assistance to the family.

“You feel for them,” Funk said of the family.

Once the fire department was on the scene, Funk said they did a good job of knocking down the fire quickly.

The Ludington Police Department assisted with traffic control. The fire department and police officers were on the scene until about 5:35 p.m. Saturday.

The Managing Editor for the Ludington Daily News since June 2018 and on the staff since Oct. 2011, taking over for legendary Lloyd Wallace. Previously with The Chippewa Herald in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and the Tuscola County Advertiser in Caro.

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