3 kids left alone die in Eastpointe house fire
Eastpointe — Three children died in a fire in Eastpointe early Saturday morning, authorities said.
The incident occurred around 5 a.m. Saturday on the 15000 block of Juliana Avenue, near East Eight Mile Road and Gratiot.
Three children, ages 4, 8 and 9, were in the home alone when the fire started, said Eric Keiser, acting public safety director of Eastpointe Police Department.
Denis Mosley, the grandfather of the two older victims, Zyher and Brendon, both boys, lives in the neighborhood and arrived on the street quickly.
“They were so smart, I’m gonna miss them ... a lifetime isn’t enough to get over this,” he said.
He said the third victim is a 4-year-old girl.
Mosley’s wife, Brenda Mosley, said she’s in pain over what’s happened.
“We don’t know why they were left alone or what happen ... we don’t know why ...,” she said, in tears.
Keiser said the children were found in an upstairs bedroom and were removed from the home. Police cleared the scene around noon.
He said the fire destroyed the interior of the home, which is occupied by two families, including two mothers and five children. Only the three children were home when the fire started. The two youngest were at another house around the block.
While they have not determined the cause of the fire, Keiser said the home didn’t have working smoke detectors.
“We strongly encourage homeowners to change their batteries, especially around this time of year,” he said. “Make it a habit to change the batteries every daylight savings time so we can help prevent tragedies like this.”
Multiple fire and police departments responded to the fire, including St. Clair Shores, Michigan State Police and Roseville Police. Keiser said the ATF's Explosives Enforcement Officers were also on the scene assisting with the fire, and there were no threats of explosives.
Next door neighbor Ruth Ling said the home belongs to Sheila and Larry Swayne, grandparents of the children. Ling said the Swayne family moved into the home about 15 years ago.
“I saw them all the time. Those children were always outside playing, every day,” said Ling. “I’m thankful the two youngest kids weren’t there.”