Grand Rapids house fire kills woman, three children
Grand Rapids – Firefighters managed to pull a woman and her three sons from their burning home in western Michigan early Wednesday, but none of the four survived, authorities said.
None of the four victims were breathing or had a pulse when firefighters reached them on the second floor of their house in Grand Rapids, Fire Chief John Lehman said.
Emergency crews performed CPR on all of the victims, but the 35-year-old mother was pronounced dead at the scene and her three sons – ages 10, 14 and 15 – died at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Lehman said.
Investigators also believe two dogs also were killed by the fire, which remains under investigation.
Firefighters didn’t find any evidence that there were working smoke detectors in the home, the chief said.
“This is a tragic incident for this family, but these deaths can be prevented with early detection and could have possible made a big difference in this family’s life,” Lehman told WOOD-TV.