2017-12-07 / News

Summer Home Burns on Brevort Lake


Smoke rises into the air as a summer home burns on the shores of Brevort Lake Tuesday, November 28. Firefighters from Brevort Township and St. Ignace responded to the call, taking about six hours to extinguish the fire. The house was a beautiful one, said nearby resident Earl Bayush, who took this photograph as the structure was ablaze. Smoke rises into the air as a summer home burns on the shores of Brevort Lake Tuesday, November 28. Firefighters from Brevort Township and St. Ignace responded to the call, taking about six hours to extinguish the fire. The house was a beautiful one, said nearby resident Earl Bayush, who took this photograph as the structure was ablaze. An unoccupied summer home on Brevort Lake burned down Tuesday, November 28. The Brevort Township fire department was called to the scene early Tuesday morning, and it took about six hours to put out the blaze, said township Fire Chief Mark Peterson.

“We first got paged out as a smoke investigation,” he said. “When we got on scene, it definitely wasn’t a smoke investigation. It was a fire.”

The two-story home owned by Susan Dysarczyk was completely destroyed. The home is at the end of private drive on the shores of Brevort Lake. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Responding to the call were 16 firefighters from the Brevort Township and St. Ignace Fire Departments. St. Ignace Assistant Fire Chief Steven Paquin was on the scene, responding to the call for mutual aid at about 8 a.m.

Strong winds made conditions challenging, Mr. Peterson said, as the winds were blowing about 20 miles per hour. Fortunately, the winds blew out of the southwest, away from the neighboring house. The firefighters were able to save a garage also located on the property. No other nearby structures were affected.

“We haven’t had a big [fire] like that in a long time, and we don’t want one, either,” Mr. Peterson said. “We haven’t had one of that magnitude in quite a few years.”

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