Fire claims life of Osier man

OSIER – An elderly man died when his mobile home caught fire Monday in Osier, east of Rock, according to police and fire officials who responded to the early morning emergency.

The remains of Jack Patten, 76, of 7005 Osier 40th Road, were recovered from the rubble after firefighters extinguished the blaze that destroyed the residence, according to the Delta County Sheriff’s Department.

“The fire appeared to have been burning sometime before the call came in,” said Delta County Sheriff’s Department Det. Sgt. Dan Johnson. “There really wasn’t much left of anything.”

The sheriff’s department is describing Patten’s death as accidental and said no autopsy will be conducted.

Johnson said a passerby reported the structure fire at around 4:15 a.m. Tri-Township Volunteer Fire Department units from Maple Ridge and Turin townships responded to the emergency call and were at the scene for about two hours, said Wally Trudell, assistant fire chief.

The only difficulty fighting the fire involved some deep snow by the home, Trudell said. There were no injuries to firefighters. Rock Rescue Ambulance was on standby at the scene.

Johnson said the cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time but the origin of the blaze appears to have started in an addition on the home where a wood stove was being used to heat the trailer.

“There was so much damage to the shed off the back of the home… everything was gone,” Johnson said, saying the wooden addition was completely destroyed, including the floor.

Michigan State Police Fire Specialist Sgt. Dale Hillier was at the scene Monday. He said this morning the investigation into the cause of the blaze is ongoing.