Paying it Forward to Family Who Lost Home

Posted at 12:37 PM, Feb 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-12 02:55:10-05

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — A Muskegon Heights resident suffered life threatening injuries trying to escape from a fire at his residence Sunday morning.

At 7 a.m. Sunday, the Muskegon Heights Fire Department responded to a report of a house fire at 3312 Jefferson St. Fire Chief Chris Dean told FOX 17 NEWS that one occupant — a man in his 20s — was home at the time of the blaze. The man suffered life threatening burns and smoke inhalation while trying to escape from the main floor of the home.

The man was transported to Mercy Health Partners’ Hackley Campus in Muskegon and then was airlifted to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids where he was listed in critical condition later Sunday.

Dean told FOX 17 NEWS that the man’s injuries were life threatening.

The chief estimated damage to the house at $30,000 to $40,000.

He said the the blaze started on the main floor at the home, that the cause of the fire has not yet been determined and that it is under investigation.

The principal of Edgewood Elementary, Sonya Hernandez, posted on Facebook, saying the school is trying to collect money and clothing donations for the victims:

“Boy 3T clothing size 8 shoes/boots
Size 7 slim boys clothing size 12 children shoes/boots
Size 6 women’s pants/ med shirts size 8 shoes/boots
Size 24 waist men’s pants/ med men’s shirts

They all are in need of socks, underwear, etc.

You can contact me at Edgewood Elem Muskegon Hts 231.830.3251. Please HELP! Thank you.”