Woman dies 6 days after Muskegon Heights fire

Posted at 7:27 PM, Jan 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-06 20:52:11-05

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. — A woman died Tuesday afternoon after being rescued from a vacant home that was in flames on New Year’s Eve.

The fire happened around 9:30 in the morning in the 2800 block of Baker Street. The home was vacant but officials say that two homeless people had been staying in the house.

Jennifer Gillis was removed from the second story of the house and was immediately hospitalized, then put on life support. Her condition originally improved but quickly went downhill shortly after. Gillis passed away around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

An autopsy will be performed to determine weather she died as a result of injuries from the fire or unrelated medical conditions. The Muskegon Heights Police and Fire departments are still investigating what caused the fire.

Anyone with information about this fire is encouraged to call the Michigan State Police Rockford Post at (616) 886-4411 or The Michigan Arson Prevention Committee tip line at 1-800-442-7766.