Constantine battles 2 fires

Members of the Constantine Fire Department responded to two structure fires over the past two days.

The first was at 3:10 p.m. Monday on Klett Road in Constantine Township. The owners returned home to find smoke coming from the first floor of the residence. They evacuated the house and called 911.

The fire appears to have started near a couch in the basement. The blaze was contained to the area where it started but the main floor sustained smoke damage to the point that the house was uninhabitable.

The second fire was at 4:50 a.m. Tuesday on Shaffer Road, also in Constantine Township. The owner was leaving for work and saw flames coming from the roof.

The fire appears to have started in the chimney area and quickly spread to the attic. Fire crews arrived to find heavy fire coming from the north side of the home and the roof. The home received extensive damage and the Red Cross was called to assist the family with its needs.

There were no injuries reported. The cause of the fire appears to be the chimney on the wood stove but is still under investigation.

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