Family displaced from house fire in need of help.

September 12, 2022

Family displaced from house fire in need of help.

By Allison Scarbrough, Editor.

SHELBY — A family of seven displaced from their home at 173 South Sessions Rd. following a fire Sunday, Sept. 11, is in need of help.

Danny Jones, Jr., said his 5,000-square-foot house was severely damaged by smoke and water damage throughout the interior. The house was not insured, he said.

Jones said the blaze began when his wife Angela and youngest child were napping, but they safely escaped. They were the only people inside the house when the fire started, he said.

Danny and Angela Jones and their five children.
– Go Fund Me

Now he, his wife and five children are in need of clothing and temporary housing. Their family includes twin 14-year-old boys, an 11-year-old boy, a 10-year-old girl, a 4-year-old boy, three dogs and one cat. 

Firefighters from Shelby-Benona, Hart and Grant Township responded to the scene, along with Life EMS and Shelby Police Department. The American Red Cross was called to assist the family. The fire was reported at 12.30 p.m.

Jones said the fire originated in a bedroom closet. 

“The fire was confined to one bedroom — basically it was one closet,” said Shelby Fire Chief Jack White. “There is smoke damage through the whole house.

“When they discovered the fire, they spent probably 15-20 minutes trying to put it out themselves,” said the chief. Jones said he tried to extinguish the fire before calling 911.

“At this point, we’re listing it was undetermined,” White said of the cause. “There was no electricity in the area where the fire started.” A fire investigator was planning to conduct more interviews.

The building was once a church that was later converted into home, said the chief.

White said he was thankful for the assistance from the other departments, because his crew was short staffed. “Mutual aid paid itself off, because we would have been hard-pressed.”

A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the family or call Jones at (231) 571-5984 to assist. 

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