The Sturgis Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire early Wednesday at 204 North Centreville Road. All occupants were outside the home when firefighters arrived, with flames and heavy smoke in the front half of the residence. The structure appears to be a total loss due to heavy heat, smoke, and water damage. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Members of the Fabius and Park townships fire boards have agreed to fund a second-shift staff member.
The boards agreed earlier this month to man its station from 3 to 11 p.m. in hopes of reducing response times.
The cost is expected to be shy of $40,000, but officials from both townships noted several money-saving steps undertaken by the fire board will help offset the costs. One money-saving measure to end is the discontinuation of an initial-aid agreement with the city of Three Rivers and its fire department.
The fire station currently has a staff member on site from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The cause of a weekend fire that killed an 11-month-old girl remains under investigation by authorities from the Michigan State Police and the Sturgis Fire Department.
No new details were available Tuesday regarding the Sunday morning fire at the Gateway Court apartment where an 11-month-old girl perished as a result of the blaze.
The fire started in the master bedroom around 5:30 a.m. and produced heavy smoke. Two adults at the residence escaped without injury.
In all, eight families in the building managed to flee. Two apartment units were destroyed and arrangements are being made for their temporary accommodations.
A house in Three Rivers was severely damaged by heat and smoke as the result of a fire Sunday afternoon.
According to Three Rivers Fire Chief Dan Tomlinson, the residence at 707 7th St., was filled with smoke and fire was emitting from a first-floor window as crews arrived at 5:30 p.m.
Nobody was home at the time of the blaze. Tomlinson said firefighters managed to retrieve a number of wrapped presents inside the residence.
A cause of the fire was not immediately determined.
St. Joseph County Victim Services was able to arrange temporary housing for the family. Tomlinson also acknowledged the Three Rivers McDonald’s for providing food and beverage to fire crews.
The Sturgis Fire Department was dispatched to an apartment complex fire shortly after 5:30 Sunday morning at Gateway Village. Upon arrival of police and fire personnel, they were advised that an infant was still in the apartment. The 11-month-old girl was rescued, and was later pronounced dead at Sturgis Hospital. The fire reportedly started in the parent’s bedroom who awoke to flames on their bed. Both parents were treated at the hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Further details have not been released.
A man faces trial on involuntary manslaughter and child abuse charges in a February apartment fire in Kalamazoo that killed three young children who were left home alone. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports jury selection for 19-year-old Fred Glespie is expected to begin Tuesday and last several days. The Benton Harbor man is charged in the Feb. 18 fire at Interfaith Homes that killed Jonetta Woods’s 3-year-old twins and the children’s 1-year-old sister. Authorities say the children were left to be cared for by another young child. Court documents say Glespie’s attorney seeks to show that Woods, and not his client, had a history of leaving the children alone. Glespie is Woods’ ex-boyfriend. A family court jury earlier found Woods and Glespie were neglectful on the day of the fire. (AP)