Livonia firefighters wrap up after putting out a blaze Friday at a house on Bayberry Park Drive. Battalion chief Jim Pietraz said the two-story home sustained extensive damage. (Photos by Clarence Tabb Jr. / The Detroit News)
Livonia— Livonia fire officials and DTE Energy are investigating a fire that ripped through a home Friday while service technicians were removing an exterior meter.
There were no injuries from the blaze at the house in the 28000 block of Bayberry Park Drive. The homeowner, although upset, expressed gratitude.
“My family is OK and that’s the important thing,” said Kirk Lytwyn, 45. “What they’re telling me is that the meter shorted out and it ran into the ground, igniting some clothing.”
DTE spokesman Scott Simons said service technicians were removing an old meter and installing an advanced meter when they saw signs of fire.
“While taking it out, they noticed there was smoke coming from inside the house,” said Simons. “This would indicate the customer side of the meter, but we’re continuing to investigate.”
The two-story home suffered extensive damage, according to battalion chief Jim Pietraz.
“We got the call at around 12:02 p.m. when somebody called 911 and they exited the building,” he said.
Initial reports said firefighters were bailing out of windows, but Pietraz discounted those accounts.
“They entered through the first floor door but exited through a sliding glass door, also on the first floor,” he said.