Deadly house fire in Genesee Twp. under investigation

A man tells TV5's James Felton he's heartbroken about the loss of his neighbor.
Published: Nov. 11, 2022 at 10:35 AM EST
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GENESEE TWP, Mich. (WNEM) - A house fire killed one person in Genesee Township this morning.

The fire broke out at the home on Drexel Avenue shortly before 6 a.m.

John Yelle said he’s heartbroken he’ll no longer see his neighbor.

“I just hate seeing it. And he had a dog that he used to play with, and he went too. It’s kind of sad,” Yelle said.

Yelle talked about the sudden death of his neighbor across the street, he said a man died in the house fire on Drexel Avenue in Genesee Township. Authorities tell us the fire happened just before six this morning.

“My wife woke me up and we saw all the fire trucks. We look and there was a fire going, spreading to the window, and you could see the blaze coming from the back,” Yelle explained. “Then we both said I wonder if he got out and we’re looking around and obviously, he didn’t.”

The house sustained major damage after the roof caved in. As for Yelle, he feels bad for the man’s loved ones who are grieving.

“It’s too bad. I hate seeing that happen to anybody,” he said. “He was never a problem. He was there. And I’m sure your loved ones, you miss them when you go.”

The fire remains under investigation.