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Boyfriend speaks out after fatal Kalamazoo fire
BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - 18-year-old Fred Glespie has been blamed for leaving four young children alone in a Kalamazoo apartment before fire ripped through the place, trapping the kids inside.
4-year-old Drayanna O'Day escaped the fire, but 3-year-old twins Tevin and Te'niya Williams, and 1-year-old sister Ty'onna Henderson did not.
Police say the fire started accidentally in the living room area on the first floor.
Neighbors say they heard the kids screaming, and tried to save them, but when they opened the door, it caused a 'flashover,' which blew the windows out of the apartment and ignited everything inside.
Assistant Chief Brian Uridge from Kalamazoo Public Safety said Thursday that investigators are still trying to "compare stories," to assess what might have happened.
One of those stories is that the kids were left in Fred Glespie's care at the time.
Glespie has another version of events, and he shared it with Newschannel 3 on Thursday night.
He says that his life has been threatened multiple times by people in Kalamazoo, so he's been staying in Benton Harbor.
Glespie says the day of the fire, he was at his sister's apartment and hadn't even seen Jonetta Woods, but he says he's not surprised the kids were alone.
He claimed that Woods would frequently leave all four children alone, and that he repeatedly told her not to do so.
Jared Werksma joined us from Benton Harbor with more.