While house fires are common, one cannot expect them to happen next door. The same was the case for the Michigan residence where a house caught fire and two children were allegedly dead, as reported by People.
On October 9, 2023, “Emergency crews responded to a call of a fire at a single-family home around 2 a.m. Monday in Kalamazoo, ” according to AP. Mlive reported, “An adult and another child escaped from the home.”
As per reports, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety (KDPS) said the two victims were identified as Evelyn Blackport, 4, and Elliot James Blackport, 7.
Fox News has also reported saying, “Firefighters and emergency personnel were dispatched to the home in Kalamazoo about 2 a.m. Officials said an adult and a child had made it out of the home but when crews arrived at the scene, they were met with heavy fire on the first floor that quickly spread to the second floor.”
People also reported, “A neighbor, Ciara Coleman, recalled to MLive that the adult who escaped was saying that his children were still in the house.” The other neighbor, Antawn Perkins, has spoken to WZZM and has also been the one to call 911 that there was a woman seeking help. She said, “was running around saying that her kids were in there: ‘Help, help. Somebody help, my kids are still in the house.'” The media outlet further reported, “Authorities said that responding firefighters first found heavy fire on the first floor before it quickly moved to the second floor.”
In a press release statement, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety said, “This is an unfortunate tragedy and KDPS would like to extend its sincerest condolences to the victims and families,” Perkins also added to WZZM that “They tried to run up in the house to get the kids,” and also went on to add, “but the flames were too much for them.”
MLive also reports from Coleman that, “It was really sad the two kids didn’t make it out,” People also reported about the incident in depth and added, “Coleman, who said it took firefighters more than an hour to contain the fire, told MLive that neighbors tried to rescue the children and extinguish the blaze themselves. She added that firefighters prevented a woman, whom Coleman identified as the mother of the children, from entering the burning home. ”
While the fire still seems accidental and the origin of the fire is still unknown, the officials have only commented on this so far. Another neighbor, to mark her condolences, kept a stuffed toy outside the burnt house. It was Crystal Baldwin’s way of remembering the children. In an interview with NBC station WOOD, she says, “I only can imagine what the mom’s feeling right now,” she also adds, “I didn’t even want to go back to sleep last night. I wanted to make sure, you know, them babies were OK, and waking up this morning, they’re not.” People also reported, “Perkins also told WOOD that the family of the home resided in the neighborhood for approximately a month. “