IMLAY CITY — A fourth child has died as the result of a mobile home fire. On Wednesday morning a family friend announced that one month-old Keyairah Kelley died as a result of injuries suffered in a Tuesday (Feb. 26) morning blaze that also claimed the lives of three of her siblings—six year-old Keith, five year-old Keyondre and three year-old Keyanna.
The children resided at the mobile home community on S. Almont Ave. with their parents, Krystal Whitney and Keith Kelley, and their 18 month-old brother Keyshawn. The parents and Keyshawn were transported to Hurley Medical Center in Flint for treatment of their injuries. Keyairah had been taken to the University of Michigan where she passed away early on Wednesday, Feb. 27.
On Wednesday afternoon, Imlay City Police Chief Scott Pike and Imlay City Fire Chief Rick Horton held a press conference to provide an update on the tragic incident. First responders were called to the home around 3 a.m. on Tuesday morning. Krystal Whitney had escaped the burning home to seek help and firefighters removed the remaining six members of the family from the home. The three oldest children—Keith, Keyondre and Keyanna—were deceased at the scene. Police said they believed the fire was the result of some type of heating device.
Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she and her family reside in the Capac area where she enjoys gardening and reading.