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Fire claims Imlay man


Another injured in early morning blaze on Monday


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Firefighters sift through the charred debris from a Tuesday morning fire that claimed the life of a 30-year-old Imlay City man and injured another. photo by Tom Wearing.

March 04, 2009
IMLAY CITY — One man is dead and another seriously injured in a Tuesday morning fire at Maple Grove Communities at 2070 S. Almont Ave.

Fire Chief Kip Reaves said firefighters were called at 5:06 a.m. to a structure fire at Lot 188 in the mobile home park. Departments from Goodland, Attica and Almont were called to assist.

"When we got there we didn't know how many people were inside," said Reaves. "Our firefighters made an attempt at a rescue but the heat drove them back."

Reaves credited neighbor Chris Cutler with kicking the door open to the home and helping the survivor, Kevin Williams, to safety. He said the 30-year-old victim was found in a bedroom at the rear of the house, the area most affected by the fire.

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Reaves said the origin of the fire is unknown, adding that Sheriff's Dept. Investigator Jeremy Herfert visited the scene and was overseeing the investigation. Efforts to reach Herfert by press time were unsuccessful.

First Lt. Charlie Boadway, who was among the first at the scene, acknowledged the efforts of all responding emergency personnel.

"We were pretty much able to limit the fire to the rear of the home," said Boadway. "Everyone did a good job."

Also assisting at the scene were Imlay City Police Officer Corey Martin and Lapeer County EMS personnel.

Police Chief John Stano said the 26-year-old survivor was transferred to Hurley Medical Center where he was reportedly in stable condition. The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of family members.

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