Child dies of smoke inhalation in Harris Township blaze

HARRIS TOWNSHIP – An 8 year-old boy died of smoke inhalation early this morning when he was trapped in a burning house trailer, Menominee County Sheriff’s Department deputies said.

At 1:11 a.m., two 911 calls were made to Central Dispatch by a neighbor and family member reporting that a house trailer was on fire and a boy was trapped in the fully engulfed trailer. The trailer is located at N16935 CR 551, one mile north of U.S. 2 and 41in Harris Township, several houses north of Lesne Rd. #41.5 and south of Dump Rd.

There were four occupants asleep in the mobile home; a father, mother, daughter and son. Three family members escaped. The 8 year-old boy was trapped in the fire.

Hannahville Police officers, Menominee County Sheriff deputies and Harris Township firefighters arrived on scene and found a fully engulfed structure fire with flames and heavy smoke. Firefighters found the boy in the trailer and got him out. CPR was initiated by officers and Rampart

EMS transported the child to St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. According to the medical examiner, the preliminary determination is that the 8 year-old child died of smoke inhalation.

The father was transported to St. Francis and treated for cuts sustained while he was trying to get his family out of the burning trailer. The mother and daughter were both transported to St. Francis and treated for smoke inhalation. A Menominee County deputy sheriff was taken to the emergency room and treated for smoke inhalation. Status of the patients is unknown at this time, according to a sheriff’s department press release.

The 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 is currently in route to investigate the cause of the fire.

The Menominee County Victim Services Unit supplied temporary clothing and shelter. The American Red Cross, Iron Mountain 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. Names of the victim and family members are withheld pending notification of relatives.