2018-03-11 / Front Page

Lapeer woman dies in fire

BY JEFF HOGAN
810-452-2640 • jhogan @mihomepaper.com


Lapeer and Elba Township firefighters were called out Thursday evening around 10 p.m. to a fatal fire at Silver Maple Village apartments on Dewey Street in Lapeer. 
Photo by Jeff Hogan Lapeer and Elba Township firefighters were called out Thursday evening around 10 p.m. to a fatal fire at Silver Maple Village apartments on Dewey Street in Lapeer. Photo by Jeff Hogan LAPEER — Susan Elizabeth McCoy, 62, died Thursday evening as the result of fire in her apartment on Dewey Street in Lapeer.

Report of a fire was called into 9-1-1 Central Dispatch at 9:51 p.m. when a neighbor observed smoke and could hear a smoke detector from within the apartment.

First on scene, Lapeer Police Dept. officers found doors to the apartment locked. After making entry into the single floor apartment, the officers were confronted with heavy smoke that prevented them from searching the apartment.

The Lapeer and Elba Township fire depart- ments were dispatched to the Silver Maple Village apartment off Oregon Street. Lapeer firefighters entered the apartment and were able to locate and remove McCoy’s body from inside the residence.

Lapeer Police Det./Sgt. Craig Gormley said McCoy was pronounced dead at the scene.

The majority of the fire was contained to the living room area and involved a couch that sustained significant fire damage. McCoy’s body was found on the floor between the living room and kitchen.

“The quick response by the fire department aided in preventing more damage to the apartment,” said Gormley. “A fire in an apartment building is always a concern because the units are so close and share common walls. The firefighters did a great job to knock down the fire. It’s unfortunate we had a loss of life.”

Gormley said McCoy was known to be a cigarette smoker, though the cause of the fire remains under investigation. An autopsy was scheduled Friday (March 9).

McCoy’s cat survived the fire and will likely be taken in by local family.

A Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Unit responded to the scene Thursday night and is assisting in the investigation. Also on scene was the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept.

Thursday’s fire fatality was the second in as many years in Lapeer. Tiffany Richards, 44, died after fire destroyed her apartment on Law Street near Fox Street just north of downtown Lapeer in January 2017.

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