ALMOST an entire family was wiped out following a fire at a Michigan home early Monday morning.
Three children and their parents perished when their Flint home was engulfed in flames, said fire officials
Five members of a family were killed when their home caught fire early Monday morningCredit: AP
Three children and their parents perished in the flames, according to fire officialsCredit: AP
The incident occurred around 4:40 in the morning, according to Flint Police Chief Terence Green.
A fourth child managed to escape the blaze by climbing out of a window before being rushed to a local hospital. Their condition is unknown at this time.
Fire Chief Raymond Barton said crews were met with heavy flames on the main floor of the home and thick smoke on the second floor.
Barton could not say if there were working smoke detectors inside the home at the time of the fire.
Members of the extended family spoke to ABC12 about the tragedy with a cousin, who preferred not to give her name saying the mother and her family were the life of any party.
“It’s like an energy you’d never seen before. That’s why it’s so sad to see the sunshine just..fade away. Fade away, yes.”
For over thirty years, a close friend of the father described him as a “loving, outgoing protector.”
“He was a security guard at most of the bars in Flint. Real cool guy. Loved his kids,” said Curtis Crawford.
“Loved hanging out with them. Love doing for them every kind of thing he could.”
This is just the latest in a series of losses for the family, said the cousin.
“Our family is already small,” she said. “We lost a grandmother in 2019, then two months later, we lost. cousin in 2019. Then lie lost a cousin a year later.”
Investigators from multiple agencies such as the Flint Fire Department, Flint Police Department and Michigan State Police stayed at the scene in order to determine the cause of the incident.
This is the second deadly blaze in Flint over the past nine days as two young boys died in a house fire on May 28.
The boys, 9-year-old Lamar and 12-year-old Zyaire Mitchell were in the upstairs bedroom of their home when it caught fire.
An investigation to determine the cause of that fire is still underway.
A fourth child managed to escape by climbing out a window, however, their current condition is unknownCredit: AP
Multiple agencies stayed at the scene to determine a cause of the flamesCredit: AP
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