Waterford Township family of 9 survives devastating house fire

Posted at 5:57 PM, Dec 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-10 19:59:29-05

A family of nine was displaced from their Waterford Township home after a fire swept through the home with the entire family inside. 

Waterford Regional Fire Department Chief, John Lyman, says the fire hits close to home for him because he attends the same church as the family. 

“When I got there, I didn’t know it was their house," Lyman said. "When I got there and saw the ones that were in the rescue, that were soot covered, it was very hard for me to see that." 

According to Lyman, the fire started at the home on Coventry around 1 a.m. on Sunday. The family had to escape onto the roof and jump into their father's arms to escape. 

Five of the nine, two parents and three children, were treated for smoke inhalation. There were no other injuries. 

Chief Lyman says the cause of the fire is still under investigation. He says the family is looking for a place to rent in the Waterford Township area, and are looking for gift cards to help pay with expenses. 

“They’ve lost everything," Lyman said. "That home was completely consumed." 

Donations can be brought to the Waterford Regional Fire Department, 2495 Crescent Lake Road.