CARO, MI – At approximately 6:16 PM, on May 1st, 2018, Troopers from the Caro Post were dispatched to a residential structure fire in the 1800 block of South Sheridan Road in Juniata Township, Tuscola County. Initial reports indicated that an individual was still inside the residence.
Troopers arrived on scene prior to fire personnel and discovered a working structure fire. Forcible entry was made into the residence. Troopers and an officer from the Akron-Fairgrove Police Department searched the residence. Troopers discovered a 21-year-old male occupant sleeping in a basement bedroom. Troopers carried this individual to safety.
Additionally, Troopers Lapan, Mullin and Hood, along with Officer Simerson of the Akron-Fairgrove Police Department, rescued 10 caged dogs that were trapped inside the burning residence.
The occupant was treated on scene by EMTs from Mobile Medical Response. He declined further medical treatment at the scene.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. Investigators are not certain that the residence had functioning smoke detectors.
Troopers were assisted on scene by the Akron-Fairgrove Police Department, Mobile Medical Response, and the Caro Fire Department.
Michigan State Police recommends that all homes have a working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and that continual maintenance is completed on the detectors.