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A family in Mount Pleasant is recovering New Year’s Day from an overnight fire that caused about $75,000 in damage to their home.

South Shore Fire Battalion Chief Jon Keiser in a written statement said crews were called at 2:42 a.m. Thursday for a report of a fire at a home in the 4000 block of Miller Lane. When firefighters arrived, they found the east side of the house in flames that extended to the second floor.

The residents were already safely outside the home and were uninjured when SSFD arrived on scene.

Firefighters had the blaze under control in 30 minutes and an investigation revealed the origin point of the fire was in the fireplace chimney. The fire was ruled accidental.

The living room and upstairs bedrooms in the home suffered significant fire, water and smoke damage, but the house as a whole is habitable so the owners chose to stay.

Members of the Mount Pleasant Police and Caledonia Fire departments assisted on scene, and the Racine Fire Bells responded as well.


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