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Firefighters save home on Scram Lake

A home on Nugent was the scene of a fire Tuesday afternoon. Courtesy photo by Oliver Johnson.

A home on Nugent was the scene of a fire Tuesday afternoon. Courtesy photo by Oliver Johnson.

By Judy Reed

Several fire departments were dispatched to a house fire in Oakfield Township Wednesday, about 2:30 p.m., at 10903 Nugent, on Scram Lake.

According to Oakfield Fire Chief Sam Peterson, they saw heavy smoke coming from the top floor on both ends of the house when they arrived on scene. He said they were able to get the fire under control in about 45 minutes, and cleared the scene by 5:30 p.m.

Peterson said he believes the fire started in an upstairs bedroom, but will know more once the MSP fire investigator inspects the site.

There was one person at home at the time of the fire, and they got out safely.

Peterson said the home was not a total loss. “About 75 percent of the structure is still good. They only lost part of the upper floor. Flames never reached the other side. There is some smoke and water damage, but the structure is still good,” he explained.

Oakfield, Grattan, and Courtland Township Fire Departments all responded to the scene.

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House fire results in murder charge

Firefighters on scene of house fire in Sparta Township. Photo from WOODTV.com

A 24-year-old woman died in a fire in Sparta Township Monday, and a man living in the house has been charged with her murder.

Sparta Township firefighters responded to the call at 9045 Vinton, in Sparta Township, about 2:30 a.m. Monday morning, March 12. They found the body of 24-year-old Kori VanHulle, formerly of Kingsley, under rubble in the basement. She reportedly died of smoke inhalation.

VanHulle lived in the basement of the home with her boyfriend, Steven Rish. Three other people also lived in the home: the owner, Paul Preston; Vanessa McCarty, a woman who cared for Preston; and Michael Piranian, 62.

Police believe it was Piranian that set the fire, and he has been arrested and charged with Homicide—felony murder; Arson of a dwelling; and Assault with intent to murder victim.

Michael Piranian

According to a probably cause affidavit submitted by Kent County Sheriff Department, Piranian allegedly told them that he set the fire under the basement stairs, went into his bedroom (also in the basement) and got a 2-1/2 foot long pipe, then headed up the stairs to McCarty’s bedroom. There he proceeded to beat her with the pipe. The woman told police he threatened that he was going to kill her while beating her. The homeowner heard the woman screaming and found the suspect beating her, and wrestled him to get him to stop. Meanwhile he noticed smoke and the smoke alarms going off. All three managed to get out of the house. Firefighters found the suspect hiding behind an outbuilding.

Meanwhile, Rish woke up and saw flames, and tried to help VanHulle out, but didn’t succeed. Rish made it out but was burned in the fire.

Police noted that Piranian admitted his intention to kill McCarty and Preston and then die himself from the smoke of the fire, and that he did nothing to warn the other two about the fire.

Piranian was arraigned in the 63rd District Court and his bond was set at $500,000 cash surety.





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Thank You

Thanks to the good Lord, all of us (including the dog) got out of the house unharmed from our house fire on Christmas Day. We would like to say Thanks to our family, friends, neighbors and most important the “Dog.” Your offers of help, your cards of encouragement, your acts of kindness, the good advice we were given when our minds were numb, the gifts of money, warm clothes & hot coffee. Cell phones were used and given, instruction to make and take calls, small note pads for notes and numbers. Warm houses to go to, your vehicles to drive and your help removing things that were left. For all these things we are very thankful, and we are very blessed for the wonderful support from all of you. And to all the firefighters, you went above the beyond to fight this fire and help save what we could. We Thank You.

Thanks for caring and sharing,

Don & JoAnn VandenBerg

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A Special Thank You!

The Fisk Family (Rebecca & Bruce and our children, Elizabeth, Casey, & Wyatt) wish to thank family, friends, co-workers, the community, our church, and family for all of your wonderful support following our house fire at Christmas and the recent dinner & auction benefit held at the VFW in Sand Lake.
Thanks again for all of the contributions and donations!
The Fisk Family

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Ray Winnie
Kent County Credit Union


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