3 dead following fire in Beaverton, community mourns loss
BEAVERTON, Mich. -- ***UPDATE***
Authorities says that three people are dead.
The bodies of two females and one male were located after the fire.
Crews are now working to remove their bodies to get the autopsy process started.
Authorities say that a man is dead following a fire in Beaverton.
A woman and a child are unaccounted for.
Two people were able to get out of the home safely.
The fire broke out around 5 a.m.
The cause of the fire isn't known, but there was a wood stove in the basement of the home.
The state fire marshal has been called in to investigate.
The Beaverton Fire Department is on scene at a fire in downtown Beaverton.
Crews were called to West Knox and First Street early Tuesday morning.
No word on injuries or what caused the fire.
People who knew the family are heartbroken.
They say it's a tremendous loss.
Family friend Cody Boyer sits looking at gifts he brought home from a vacation. He says he planned to give them to Lydia, a girl who he says didn’t make it out of this fire.
“It hurts. And I'll never be able to give it to her,” Cody said.
Boyer now thinks about years of memories from the Gladwin Area Friends of the Theater. That’s where Boyer says his friendship blossomed with Amy and her daughter Lydia who died here.
“You don't know how many people someone has impacted until they're gone and it's just like yeah Amy you did,” Boyer said.
The entire Beaverton community is at a loss. It’s one Mayor Randy Nau says they won’t get over any time soon. Nau says Amy was involved in church, started a farmer’s market, and in a town made up of just one thousand would always be the first to give you a hug.
“It's a tragedy any time of year but especially this time of knowing how close she was with her family and everybody in the community,” Nau said.
Now as the community comes to grips with what happened, they’re raising thousands for Dan, the man who Boyer says lost his family.
Meanwhile Boyer says he knows one thing: he'll never meet anyone else like Amy, Lydia, and Rocco.
“That's a set of shoes that you can’t do without, you can't replace same with Lydie,” Boyer said.
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The Mayor of Beaverton says Amy helped create the Beaverton Farmer’s Market and they plan to honor her there in a special way. But they are still deciding how.