Apartment fire claims life of man

Second fire death in less than a month

FLINT TWP. — For the second time in less than a month, a resident has died in a house fire.

On Sunday, November 8, at 8:36 p.m., township firefighters responded to reports of a fire in the 3500 building of Clovertree Apartments, said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burkley.

On arrival, firefighters found an active fire and reports of two people trapped inside.

Using a thermal imaging camera, firefighters found only one male in the apartment, Burkley said. He was transported by EMS to Hurley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

His name is being withheld at the request of his family.

Burkley said the fire was contained to the victim’s apartment but other residents were displaced by smoke damage in the building. The Red Cross assisted in finding shelter for them.

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined. Michigan State Police and township firefighters and police are working together on the investigation, Burkley said.

The Mt. Morris Township fire department assisted in fighting the fire.

Fire investigators determined that another fatal fire on October 21 was caused by an overheating clothes dryer.

Burkley reported that township firefighters also responded on Saturday, November 7 to a small fire at the Veterans of Foreign Wars post, 3131 Elms Road.

The building was closed when the call for help came in at 3:26 p.m. On arrival, firefighters found a small fryer on fire in the kitchen. It was quickly doused and did not spread beyond the fryer.

Smoke in the building was ventilated and the Health Department was called, Burkley said. There were no injuries.

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