UPDATE (Friday 8:35 a.m.) – The victims in a southside Lansing fire have been identified. Lansing. Fire department Capt. Steve Mazurek says Tarshrikia Beasley, 43, and her son Elijah Brown, 5, were taken to a hospital, where they were pronounced dead. Investigators believe the fire began in the kitchen of the townhome.
UPDATE (6 P.M.) In Lansing a mother and her young son are dead after a fire on the city’s south side early this morning.
Fire crews were sent to Laroy Froh Townhomes on the 24 hundred block of Reo Road around 4:30 a.m. this morning.
“They found heavy smoke coming from the building, heavy fire on the main floor,” said Steve Mazurek, the Public Information Officer for the Lansing Fire Department.
A 30-year-old mother and her 5-year-old son died. Officials say a neighbor called in the fire that neighbor then tried to get into the apartment to rescue the woman and boy, but the heavy flames and smoke stopped them.
“There was heavy smoke. There is heavy fire involvement in the apartment on the main floor,” said Mazurek.
The victim’s identities have not been released. Initial indications are the fire started around the kitchen stove, but the investigation continues. Most of the damage is on the main floor.
“This is very early in the investigation we need to obviously take care of a lot of issues as far as the investigation of the fire so on and so forth so this is going to be a long slow process,” said Mazurek.
The mother and her son were both taken to a local hospital after the fire where they passed away.
LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) Two people are dead following a fire on Lansing’s south side this morning.
The fire was called in just after 4:40 a.m. at the LaRoy Froh Townhomes on the 2400 block of Reo Road.
A neighbor called in the fire and tried to get inside the burning apartment.
Flames and heat made rescue impossible.
Fire officials confirm with 6 News that a 30-year-old woman and 5-year-old son died in the fire.
The names are being withheld until notifications can be made.
The investigation into the cause of the fire is continuing.