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Father and son with special needs escape early morning house fire


Monroe Volunteer Fire Department firefighters arrive on scene to a fully involved house fire

William A. West

MONROE TOWNSHIP_A Monroe Township man credits the blaring siren of a smoke detector for helping him and his special-needs son escape from their rapidly burning house about 4 a.m. Tuesday on 4398 Reger Road in Monroe Township.
“When the fire alarm went off we just got out with what we had on,” home owner Fred Lemmo said. “We didn’t wait for nothing. The neighbors helped us out.”

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Fire destroyed the home of Fred Lemmo at 4398 Reger Road in Monroe Township.

Lemmo said his house was pretty involved.
“I looked in and I could see the couch in the back room, it was on fire and everything else,” Lemmo said. “There was a lot of smoke.”
One section of the house was gone when the Monroe Volunteer Fire Department arrived on the scene.
“We were dispatched at 4:03 in the morning for a fully involved structure fire on Reger Road,” Chief Pete Hall said. “Flames were coming out just about every corner of the house.”
Pierpont, Sheffield, Plymouth and Kingsville fire departments responded to the mutual aid call. Chief Hall said that Monroe had nine firefighters on the scene and there was about 25 total fighting the fire. Firefighters had to get water from a neighbor’s pond to battle the blaze. They remained on the scene for about three hours.
“It’s a total loss,” Chief Hall said. “The cause is still under investigation.”
They got out as they were suppose to; the fire alarm went off, they got out of the house. There’s no reason to be a hero, just get out of the house.”

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