Authorities went to the home, in the 1700 block of W. Lakeshore Drive, on Thursday afternoon in response to a woman threatening to commit suicide. The woman was walking in and out of oncoming traffic, officials said.
Erie Township fire Chief Tom Kellog said the timing of the events seem unusual, but there’s no way to connect the incidents.
At about 7:30 p.m., a few hours after the call about the distraught woman, firefighters were dispatched to the home. When they arrived, the three occupants and their two dogs had already escaped unharmed.
About 40 volunteer firefighters from Erie and Bay townships worked for hours to battle the blaze from every angle, at times taking apart parts of the structure so they could snuff the flames.
The home, valued at $65,000, was ultimately destroyed. Kellog said the extent of the damage kept investigators from pinpointing the cause.
“Those guys are really good, and they can usually piece it all together” Kellog said.