Boy, 8, dies in house trailer fire
Friday, December 27, 2013 6:00 PM
HARRIS TOWNSHIP - An 8-year old boy is dead after a fire at a house trailer in Harris Township early Friday morning.
Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks said two 911 calls were made to Central Dispatch at 1:11 a.m. Friday by a neighbor and family member reporting a house trailer was on fire and a boy was trapped in the fully engulfed trailer.
Four occupants were asleep in the mobile home, located at N16935 County Road 551, one mile north of U.S. 2/41, several houses north of Lesne Road No. 41.5 and south of Dump Road.
Hannahville Police officers, a Menominee County Sheriff deputy and Harris Township Firefighters arrived on scene and found a fully engulfed structure fire with flames and heavy smoke.
The father, Duaine Daniel Williams, 35, mother Dawn Marie Williams, 34, and 8-year-old daughter, Hailey Marie Williams escaped. Their 8-year-old son was trapped in the fire.
Firefighters found the boy when they arrived at the scene and got him out of the house. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was performed.
The preliminary determination is that Nelson Charles Williams died of smoke inhalation, according to the medical examiner.
Duaine Williams was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba and treated for cuts sustained while trying to get his family out of the burning trailer. Dawn and Hailey Williams were both transported to St. Francis and treated for smoke inhalation.
A Menominee County Sheriff's deputy was taken to the emergency room and treated for smoke inhalation.
They have all been released from the hospital.
A Menominee County Sheriff Department detective trained to investigate fires was called to investigate along with Menominee County medical examiner. The state fire marshal from Gaylord, Mich., is investigating 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. Information for donations and assistance is forthcoming.
Responding agencies included Rampart EMS, Harris Township Fire Department, Gourley Township Fire Department, Bark River Township Fire Department, Spalding Township Fire Department, Hannahvlle Police Department, Menominee County Sheriff's Department, Menominee County Victim Services Unit and the Menominee County Medical Examiner.
A cause of the fire has not been determined at this time. This incident remains under investigation.