One woman dead after Tustin house fire

TUSTIN — A 94-year-old woman died on Monday morning in Tustin in a house fire investigators believe was caused by faulty electrical wiring.

Fire crews from the City of Cadillac, Yates Township, Selma Township, Lincoln Township, Tustin and LeRoy were called to the scene at about 8:45 a.m. on Monday after the residents were awoken by the home’s smoke detection system.

Five people were living in the home, located at 22840 200th Ave. in Tustin, but only three were home at the time the fire broke out, said Tustin Fire Capt. Josh Hoaglund.

Two of those inside attempted to remove the 94-year-old woman from the home, but had difficulties because of her wheelchair, said Tustin Fire Chief Robert Rose.

“The family got her to the door, but couldn’t get her out because of the smoke and the heat,” he said. “They tried to break in another door but weren’t able to get back through the house.”

By the time crews arrived, the house was fully engulfed in flames and the woman had been left inside. Her name had not been released as of Monday evening.

Because some family members still were inside the home when it caught fire, Michigan State Police fire investigator Det. Sgt. Trevor Slater said it will be easier to determine how the fire started.

“They can tell you where the fire was and then you can determine why it started,” he said.

As of Monday afternoon, Slater had deemed the cause “undetermined,” but he said there is evidence that the fire was electrical and started in an interior wall.

Because of the house’s A-frame construction and high ceilings, the fire was well ventilated and was able to move through the home quickly, Slater said.