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Whitney-Kelley family recovering from fire


Mom released from hospital, dad listed in 'fair condition'



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March 26, 2019
TRI-CITY AREA — The adult survivors of a February house fire appear to be recovering from their injuries.

According to officials at Hurley Medical Center in Flint, Imlay City's Krystal Whitney has been discharged from their care while her husband, Keith Kelley Sr., was listed in fair condition as of Monday.

A representative of Children's Hospital of Michigan said they couldn't release status information for Whitney and Kelley's son, 19-month-old Keyshawn Kelley, who was transported from Hurley Medical Center to Children's Hospital for specialized diagnostics and treatment.

All three were injured in a deadly house fire on February 26 that claimed the lives of the couple's other four children—Keith Jr., Keyondre, Keyanna and Keyairah.

According to Imlay City Police, 42-year-old Keith Sr. was transported from the scene of the fire to Hurley's burn unit where he was listed in critical condition. Whitney, 29, was also hospitalized and her condition was initially listed as 'stable.' At that time Chief Scott Pike reported Kelley was being treated for severe burns and was unconscious while Whitney had sustained severe burns on 21 percent of her body.

On March 8 Pike reported that Keyshawn's condition had improved and he was taken off of life support and was breathing on his own.

A family friend had been posting updates on the survivors' conditions via a GoFundMe page created for the Whitney/Kelley family but, late last week, she noted that the family had requested privacy as they sought to grieve and heal. The family representative said that all three survivors had undergone skin grafts with both Keyshawn and Keith likely to need additional procedures.

Firefighters were called to the family's home in the 2000 block of S. Almont Avenue on February 26 for the blaze. Six-year-old Keith Jr., five-year-old Keyondre and three-year-old Keyanna were deceased at the scene. The youngest member of the family, 28- day-old Keyairah, died of her injuries the following day at the University of Michigan Medical Center.

Muir Brothers Funeral Homes of Almont and Romeo plan to cover funeral expenses for the four children and the family wishes to hold a celebration of life ceremony at some point in the future.

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.
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