Riverview fire still under investigation

Fundraiser planned for family

Sunday Times Newspapers

RIVERVIEW — What took a family years to work for was destroyed within minutes in a fire the morning of Jan. 17, but the owner and two small children escaped the blaze unharmed.

Deputy Fire Chief Mike Pool along with other fire investigators were at the house in the 13900 block of Huntington Thursday morning attempting to find the cause of the flames. The 10 a.m. fire gutted the house.

Several neighbors called 911 and fire crews arrived to the house within minutes. Pool said it was fully involved when they arrived and immediately called for mutual aid.

Wyandotte and Trenton fire departments responded with tankers and Woodhaven sent an ambulance. The homeowner suffered a burn to his arm, but was treated at the scene.

The homeowner’s son, Denis Mecaj, told firefighters he was thankful everyone made it out. Mecaj reportedly wasn’t at the house when the fire started.

The house was insured and investigators from both the fire department and the insurance company are working together. It’s unknown if the house is a complete loss.

A mostaccoli benefit dinner for the family is planned for 4 to 10 p.m. Jan. 24 at Buster’s Place Bar & Grill, 5784 W. Jefferson Ave., Trenton.

Buster’s Place also will accept donations for the family during its annual chili cookoff at 2 p.m. Jan. 25. Organizers said there are several entries for the cookoff, so it’s unknown when it will end.

To find out more, call 734-676-4292.

(Tereasa Nims can be reached at tnims@bewickpublications.com.)