bay city fire 3_25_19

One man has died and a family is displaced after an early morning house fire in Bay City.

The Bay City Department of Public Safety said that shortly after midnight on Monday, March 25, crews were called to the 200 block of N. Catherine on the city’s west side.

The public safety department said the fire started in the basement and reached the first floor.

Crews learned a resident was inside the home and immediately tried to locate them. They later found a deceased man inside the home.

The scene was cleared at about 3:30 a.m.

No one else was home at the time, officials told TV5, and a cause has not been released.

Families and neighbors tell TV5 the victim was Gary Letzgus. 

The public safety department said the American Red Cross helped a mother and her three children who were displaced by the fire.

"I was kind of shocked right now, you know," said Steven Reyes.

Reyes said Letzgus had lots of friends and loved ones in the area.

He's thinking about all of those who are mourning tonight.

"I just have remorse for the family and stuff you know," Reyes said.

The fire is under investigation by the Bay City Public Safety Fire Marshal.

The Bangor Township Fire Department assisted in responding to this fire.

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