Community: Fruitport Public Safety and local retailers help family recover from fire losses during the holiday season.

On 12/12/2013, representatives from Fruitport Township Police and Fire Departments volunteered their time to help make the holidays a little better for a Fruitport Township family that lost their home to a residential fire on October 29, 2013.


The fire occurred at approximately 5:45 a.m. in the 3000 block of Birchwood Lane in the Clover Estate Mobile Home Park. The family’s dog alerted the sleeping family to the fire, allowing the family to escape from the burning residence without injury. Firefighters from Fruitport Township and Norton Shores Fire Departments responded to the scene to extinguish the fire. Fruitport Township Police Department assisted at the scene as well.

Firefighters were able to put out the fire before it spread to other nearby residences, but they were unable to rescue the dog from the burning home.


The fire resulted in a complete loss of the home and contents, and the family did not have insurance to cover the loss. Representatives from the Fruitport Township Police and Fire Departments worked together with Meijer and Walmart to try to help the family get back on their feet during the holiday season.

Donations were collected from members of Fruitport Township Police and Fire Departments. These donations were combined with generous donations from both Meijer and Walmart to provide the family assistance with their holiday shopping.

img4Members of police and fire departments, including some who responded to the residence on the morning of the fire, accompanied the family during their holiday shopping at the Meijer and Walmart stores in Fruitport Township.

Gifts selected by the family will be wrapped by volunteers from the Fruitport Township Police and Fire Departments, and they will be delivered to the family in time for Christmas.img2

Fruitport Township Police and Fire Departments want to recognize and thank Meijer and Walmart for their generous donations and ongoing philanthropic efforts in giving back to the Fruitport Township community. “We appreciate having them as partners in keeping our community strong.”

“We are hopeful this will help get the family back on their feet and that they will be able to pay it forward later in life if they encounter someone in need.”