Man dies in Muskegon Heights house fire

Firefighters on scene of a deadly house fire on 5th Street in Muskegon Heights. (March 5, 2015)

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WOOD) — Police are investigating after a man died in a house fire in Muskegon Heights Thursday morning.

The fire started just before 5 a.m. on the main floor of a small multi-family rental home in the 2300 block of 5th Street.

Four other people were inside the home when the fire started but were able to escape, according to Muskegon Heights Fire Chief Christopher Dean.

He confirmed the victim was a man in his late 30s, but authorities are not releasing his name until family is notified.

The fire department said the fire was small and easy to contain. The cause of the fire is unknown, but it’s not considered suspicious at this time.

Chief Dean said there were also a lot of smoke detectors in the home, but they were not up to code. A fatal fire that occurred on Saturday on 6th Street and claimed the life of a 25-year-old mother also did not have fire detectors up to code, according to the fire chief. In Muskegon Heights it is required that the rental homes have 10 year lithium batteries. The rental homeowners will face up to a $250 fine.

This is the fifth fire-related death in only 60 days in Muskegon County.

This weekend, Muskegon Heights firefighters are partnering with the Red Cross to go door-to-door, offering safety inspections, and giving out and installing smoke alarms.

If you live in Muskegon Heights area and want to take advantage of this weekend’s installations, you can call 231.733.8893. If you live outside the area, most local fire departments can help get you set up. You can also contact the Red Cross.

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