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Boy 8 Dies, 3 Safe In Mobile Home Fire

An eight-year old boy died from smoke inhalation as result of mobile home fire early Friday morning, Dec. 27, in Harris Township in Menominee County, Mich. His parents and a sister were able to escape. The father was treated for cuts sustained while trying to save the family and his wife and daughter were treated for smoke inhalation.

The boy was identified as Nelson Charles Williams. Escaping from the fire were his father, Duane Daniel Williams, 35, his mother, Dawn Marie, 34 and his sister, Hailey Marie, 8.

Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks reported Central Dispatch received two 911 calls at 1:10 a.m. from a neighbor and family member that the house trailer was on fire and a boy was trapped in the fully engulfed trailer. The trailer was located at N16935 County Road 551, one mile south of U.S. 2 and 41 and several houses north of Lesne Road 41.5 and south of Dump Road in Harris Township.

The four member family was asleep in the mobile home. While the three managed to escape, the boy, Nelson Charles, was trapped.

Hannahville Police Officers, Menominee County Sheriff Deputy and Harris Township Fire Fighters arrived on the scene and found the mobile home fully engulfed with flames and heavy smoke. Firefighters found the boy in the mobile home and got him out. CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) was immediately initiated by officers and the Rampart EMS and he was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba, Mich. The Medical Examiner reported the preliminary determination is that the boy died of smoke inhalation.

The father, wife and daughter were also transported to St. Francis Hospital. He was treated for cuts and the wife and daughter for smoke inhalation. A sheriff department deputy was taken to the Emergency Room and treated for smoke inhalation. All have been released from the hospital.

A Menominee County Sheriff Department Detective trained to investigate fires was called to investigate along with the Menominee County Medical Examiner. The State Fire Investigator from Gaylord was also called to investigate the cause of the fire.

The Menominee County Victim Services Unit supplied temporary clothing and shelter. The American Red Cross, Iron Mountain, Mich., Chapter has been contacted for longer term assistance to help the family.

Responding agencies included Rampart EMS, Harris Township Fire Department, Gourley Township Fire Department, Bark River Township Fire Department, Spalding Township Fire Department, Hannahville Police Department, Menominee County Sheriff Department, Menominee County Victim Services Unit and the Menominee County Medical Examiner.

This incident remains under investigation.


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