Melvindale man dies in early morning house fire - FOX 13 News

Melvindale man dies in early morning house fire

Posted: Updated:
Fire crews on the scene of a house fire on Hanna St. in Melvindale Tuesday morning. Fire crews on the scene of a house fire on Hanna St. in Melvindale Tuesday morning.
SkyFOX footage of a house fire on Hanna St. in Melvindale Tuesday morning. SkyFOX footage of a house fire on Hanna St. in Melvindale Tuesday morning.
MELVINDALE, Mich. (WJBK) -

Fire officials say a 50-year-old man was found dead following an explosion and fire at a home in Melvindale.

Neighbors say they heard multiple blasts before 5 a.m. Tuesday in the 17000 block of Hanna Street.

"The flames were too hot, the smoke was too much and it was just me," says one neighbor who woke up to the sounds of the explosion.

The victim has been identified as William Garrett Kristen, FOX 2's Roop Raj reports. His body was discovered in a bathtub.

Crews responding to the blaze couldn't immediately get inside and Kristen's body was found in a bedroom. The department says the front door was blocked by flames and the rear door was barricaded.

Neighbors say Kristen used an oxygen tank and was known to help others by shoveling their snow.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Power outage numbers across southeast Michigan

    Power outage numbers across southeast Michigan

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:01 AM EDT2014-07-28 14:01:04 GMT
    As of 6 a.m., approximately 165,000 DTE Energy customers are out of electric service due to the high winds and lightning that hit southeast Michigan Sunday afternoon. DTE has restored power to 21,000 customers that were affected by the storm, which included wind gusts of up to 70 m.p.h. in the DTE service area.
    As of 6 a.m., approximately 165,000 DTE Energy customers are out of electric service due to the high winds and lightning that hit southeast Michigan Sunday afternoon. DTE has restored power to 21,000 customers that were affected by the storm, which included wind gusts of up to 70 m.p.h. in the DTE service area.
  • Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

    Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:34 AM EDT2014-07-28 11:34:12 GMT
    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
    Dollar Tree is buying rival discount store Family Dollar in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $8.5 billion.
  • Storm damage in Oakland and Macomb counties

    Storm damage in Oakland and Macomb counties

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 10:27:31 GMT
    Damage was reported across Metro Detroit Sunday after severe storms moved across our area. About 200,000 customers lost power in the hail, heavy rain, strong winds, localized flooding and thunder and lightning.
    Damage was reported across Metro Detroit Sunday after severe storms moved across our area. About 200,000 customers lost power in the hail, heavy rain, strong winds, localized flooding and thunder and lightning.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices