Cause of Goshen house fire in July undetermined; woman remains hospitalized

A fire at 405 S. Second Street displaced several residents and sent one woman to the burn center last month. Now, city officials are figuring out whether the house should be torn down.

Posted on Aug. 14, 2014 at 2:23 p.m.

GOSHEN — Firefighters say the cause of a house fire that displaced its residents in July was undetermined. 

The Goshen Fire Department responded to reports of a house fire at about 9 p.m. July 10 at 405 S. Third Street. 

A woman in her late 30s or early 40s was flown to the Bronson burn center in Kalamazoo after she was found sitting on the curb outside of the house. 

She remains in the hospital and fire investigators have not been able to talk with her to get more details about how the fire started, according to assistant fire chief Jim Ramer. 

The cause of the fire remains unknown, Ramer said. 

“There was nothing I could find at the scene that helped me determine what caused the fire,” he said. 

The woman was the only person in the house at the time the fire started. She was living in an apartment on the south side of the house, which was the part of the building that received the most damage. 

Other residents were displaced and moved in with family members, according to the fire department. 

During a redevelopment commission meeting Tuesday, August 12, members talked about the property on 405 S. Third Street.

Brownfield coordinator Becky Hershberger told the commission an insurance company reported the house is salvageable but it would be costly to fix. 

She said she will receive a report from the insurance company and look to see if it would be more expensive to make repairs on the house or to demolish it. 

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