Pregnant woman and 7-year-old boy killed, 7 hurt in house fire in White Pigeon
WHITE PIGEON, Mich. - Fire crews are responding to a fatal house fire in White Pigeon early Tuesday morning that claimed the lives of a pregnant woman and a young boy, as well as injured seven others.
Firefighters from several departments were called to the home in the 100 block of West Chicago Avenue at South Washington Street around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.
White Pigeon firefighters on scene told Newschannel 3 a pregnant woman and a 7-year-old boy were killed in the fire, along with a dog. Seven other people were taken to the hospital, most with smoke inhalation. Family members of the victims said two of those victims are in critical condition.
Assistant Fire Chief Tyler Royce said there were 11 people living in the home at the time, including seven children. Two people were able to make it out of the house safely.
Family members of the victims told Newschannel 3 on scene the woman killed was pregnant, and due to give birth in just a few weeks. A young boy was killed in the fire, according to his mother who spoke to our crew at the scene. Both were found in the upstairs area of the home, according to the fire department.
The fire chief said a 15-year-old who was able to get out of the house called 911. There were working smoke detectors in the home, according to the White Pigeon Fire Department.
Chief Andrews was very emotional speaking with our crew this morning.
“It’s tough. A 7 year old boy. This is my first child fatality. I have two young children as well as most of the guys on our fire department, and it’s hard. Our children go to school with these children, and it’s hard. I’m taking this very hard," said Andrews.
Andrews said it’s too early to tell what caused this fire, but he urges everyone to have at least two escape routes from their home and practice those escape plans. He also advises everyone to make sure they have working smoke detectors in their home.
Chicago Road, known as US-12, was shut down between St. Joseph Street and Washington Street while crews investigated but is expected to open back up around 8:30 a.m.
Newschannel 3 has a crew at the scene working to learn more. Check back here for updates.