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ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD
) - Firefighters were forced to take a defensive position Wednesday morning while fighting a fire because they were concerned ammunition stored inside the home could explode.
The fire started around 3:30 a.m. at a residence on 64th Avenue just north of Lake Michigan Drive in Allendale. Everyone was able to get out of the home safely.
Firefighters at the scene told 24 Hour News 8 they heard popping noises when they arrived. The homeowner told them bullets were stored in a safe in the house and were likely going off. Firefighters then pulled back and fought the fire from a distance.
Investigators think the fire started in a wood stove in the rear of the house.
The homeowner, Scott Weber, told 24 Hour News 8 he switched to a wood stove because it is more economical.
Weber was treated for smoke inhalation.