Woman, 75, dies in Livonia house fire
A 75-year-old Livonia woman died in a Sunday night house fire that originated and was contained to her bedroom.
It was about 10:15 p.m. Sunday when another occupant of the home, on the 29100 block of Grove — south of Six Mile, east of Middle Belt — called 911 to report a fire, said Greg Thomas, senior fire inspector for the Livonia Fire Department.
The male caller, one of five people in the family that lives at the home, noticed the fire but found that the "whole room was engulfed," which made entry impossible. The home is a ranch, and the fire was contained to the woman's bedroom.
The victim is an oxygen user, who used oxygen 24/7, Thomas said.
Firefighters arrived and attempted a rescue and a suppression effort at the same time, Thomas said. Entering through the front door, they were able to reach the woman within a minute and pull her out, but she died. The Wayne County Medical Examiner will determine the woman's official cause of death.
Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fatal fire.
The fatal fire in Livonia is one of several in Metro Detroit of late.
In Eastpointe on Saturday morning, three children in a house fire died in the area of Eight Mile and Gratiot.
In Southfield, on Sunday morning, a woman died in a fire in her condo in the area of 10 Mile and Telegraph. Sunday in Detroit, a body was found 'burned beyond recognition' in Southwest Detroit.