Man killed in Grand Rapids house fire

Grand Rapids

Crews on the scene of a fatal house fire on Grand Rapids’ northeast side on Dec. 1, 2020.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A man has died after a house caught fire on Grand Rapids’ northeast side Tuesday evening, authorities say.

It happened around 6:50 p.m. on Emerald Avenue near Harvey Street, just west of Houseman Avenue. The Grand Rapids Fire Department says they got to the scene about four minutes after the alarm went off. A family was home at the time.

When fire crews arrived, they say a bystander was performing CPR on a man who was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fire was put out by 7:28 p.m., GRFD says.

Investigators say the fire started on the first floor of the home. The cause of it is unknown at this time but investigators say there are no signs of “outside influence.” They believe a technical malfunction may have caused it.

There were no working smoke detectors inside the home. Investigators believe the victim could have made it outside in time if there were working smoke detectors.

Authorities remained on scene to investigate throughout the night.

The city of Grand Rapids has a program where officials install and check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms for free. Firefighters will also check homes for other safety concerns. More information can be found on the city’s website.

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