Two die in explosive fire on Wednesday
LINCOLN TWP. — A T&A Trucking semi sits in the front yard of Travis and Angie Moore’s home, parked there earlier this week after the couple returned from Texas from what would be their last haul.
Travis and Angie Moore were killed in a house fire that witnesses believe was caused by a lightning strike during Wednesday night’s severe thunderstorms.
Travis Moore’s cousin, Monica Sevarns, arrived at the home Thursday with other family members, including Travis’ brother, Paul, to clear out the home’s detached garage. Sevarns said they were contacted about 4:30 a.m. Thursday morning by deputies who notified them of the fire.
“They were the best. (They were) give-you-the-shirt-off-their-back people,” Sevarns said.
The family still is recovering from losing Travis’ father, who succumbed to cancer about a month ago, Sevarns said.
Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies and the Lincoln Township Fire Department were dispatched at 11:45 p.m. the Moore’s residence, located at 8995 225th Ave. in Lincoln Township north of Reed City, when neighbors saw the house burning.
George Lucha, 47, who lives across the street from the Moores, said his wife saw the lightning strike then saw the house begin to burn almost immediately after. Lucha and his son, Matthew, 17, ran across the street to try to help the Moores.
“Then the house just burst. The front bay picture window just flew (at us),” George Lucha said. “By the time we got over there, the whole house was in flames. There was too much black smoke, so we couldn’t see that well. We got close enough to yell to see if they were OK, but they never answered.”
Travis was found on a couch near the home’s front window and Angie was found in the basement’s computer room, Sevarns said.
The concrete foundation and basement are all that remain of the modular home. Bits of insulation and glass are spread across the yard and out to the street.
Police said the cause of the fire is undetermined. Sevarns said there was no propane tank in use at the home that might have caused the explosion. The incident remains under investigation by Michigan State Police Fire Marshal and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
The Osecola County Sheriff’s Office has not confirmed that the people pulled from the blaze were Travis and Angie Moore. Undersheriff Justin Halladay said results of the autopsies being conducted in Grand Rapids will be released next week, as will the names of the deceased.
Travis Moore leaves behind three children, two boys and a girl who were planning on spending this weekend with their father, Lucha said. Moore’s sons live in Wisconsin and would have been staying at their father’s home for half of their summer vacation.
Lucha said it was unusual for the Moore’s to be home in the middle of the week. Normally, they drove deliveries for T& A Trucking during the week and came home on the weekends. Lucha’s family kept watch over their house while they were gone. The Moores owned the trucking company together for three years and were married last year.
“I went over there every weekend when (Travis) got home and we’d sit and talk for a few hours about what he did and where he’d been and how the roads were,” Lucha said. “Texas was his biggest run.”