James Dickson and Charles E. Ramirez
Township of Dryden – Four people died Monday morning in an early morning fire at a mobile home in the community of Lapeer County, Dryden Township, after witnesses reported hearing a “boom,” a community official said Monday. firefighters.
Dryden Township Fire Chief Mark Hagemeister told reporters Monday that 911 was called around 5:07 a.m. reporting the blaze. When firefighters arrived minutes later, they found the house “completely submerged,” Hagemeister said.
The house is in the mobile home community of Victoria Meadows, north of Main Street and east of North Mill Road.
Hagemeister and Dryden Police Chief Shawn Peters spoke outside the burned home during a Monday update. The house on one side of the burned structure was damaged by fire, but Hagemeister said residents of adjacent houses had already returned there.
The fire department turned the scene over to the state fire marshal for investigation, Hagemeister said.
Police are also investigating the fire, Peters said. As of Monday afternoon, the police had not yet obtained the official identifications of the victims and had not informed the next of kin.
While confirming that the victims would be an older woman, possibly in her eighties; a younger woman in her thirties and two young people, possibly teenagers, the police chief declined to give the sex of the young victims.
“Either way, it’s still a tragedy,” Peters said.
Police and firefighters are still at the scene, where the house suffered extensive damage.
There is “evidence of some sort of explosion,” said Hagemeister, who noted that debris was strewn across neighbors’ yards at a greater than normal distance. Peters, the police chief, said he was told the elderly woman was on oxygen.
Dryden Township is about 52 miles north of Detroit and about 8 miles west of Almont.