TUSCOLA — Firefighters said Sunday’s winter storm hampered efforts to put out a fire that destroyed a rural Douglas County farmhouse Sunday afternoon.
One person was reported injured.
Tuscola Fire Chief Steve Hettinger said firefighters were called to a two-story brick house at 1150 County Road 1450 N, also known as the Hayes Road, at 1:48 p.m. Sunday.
Tuscola received mutual-aid assistance from Villa Grove, Pesotum and Camargo, he said.
“The call originally came in as a laundry-room fire in the farmhouse,” Hettinger said.
“The occupants originally tried to fight it with a fire extinguisher.”
Hettinger said the Tuscola fire trucks had to follow a city snow plow to get to the scene of the rural fire.
“We had blizzard conditions, and it was the only way to get there,” Hettinger said.
He said a husband, wife and three children escaped from the fire. They were first taken to Tuscola, and later one of them was taken to an area hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation. No information on that person’s condition was available Sunday night.
No firefighters were reported injured.
As firefighters battled the blaze, Hettinger said they lost the services of a tanker truck and a fire engine because of the freezing conditions.
When the trucks were emptied of water, they headed back to town to be refilled. In the meantime, without the water, the fire increased, Hettinger said.
“We had made a pretty decent knockdown with the tanker water,” Hettinger said.
The owner of the home was listed as Chris Robinson.
Firefighters left the scene by 4:35 p.m.
Hettinger said the house was a total loss. It was too early to determine a dollar amount for the damage on Sunday night.
He said the fire appeared to start in the laundry room.