Fire guts home, kills man in Covert Township

Southwest Michigan
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COVERT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are investigating a deadly fire that swept through a Van Buren County home.

Around 7 a.m. Friday, firefighters were called to a mobile home in the 29000 block of 76th Street in Covert Township, about 8 miles south of South Haven. Flames had already engulfed the home by the time crews arrived.

The Covert Township Police Department said police and firefighters found the homeowner, 75-year-old Jerry Lee Rawson, outside the mobile home. Investigator believe he was able to crawl out of the house through a window. He was taken to Bronson-South Haven Hospital where he died.

The police department said investigators have not determined an exact cause but say it was likely due to the misuse of a portable propane heater. 

Crews from Cover Township, Watervliet Fire Department, Michigan State Police, Van Buren County Sheriff’s Department, Pokagon Tribal Police and South Haven Area Emergency Services responded to the fire.

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