One Dead After DeWitt Township Blaze

By: Meaghan M. Norman Email
By: Meaghan M. Norman Email

One person is dead after a massive blaze at a home in Clinton County's DeWitt Township Wednesday morning.

Six fire crews responded to the farmhouse in the 16000 block of Turner Road around 6:30 a.m.

Authorities say 85-year-old Homer Sessions was in the home when the fire broke out. He was taken to an area hospital where he later died.

"He was the anchor I always relied on," said Alice Sessions."

Sessions' wife Alice lived at the home but had gone out to breakfast before the fire started. Fire trapped Sessions in the upstairs bedroom. Alice said brackets on the home's storm window prevented her husband from being able to escape.
Homer had called Alice moments after the fire started on her cell phone but all she could hear was the smoke alarm going off.

When Alice returned, the house was fully engulfed and her husband had been taken to Sparrow hospital.

Alice Sessions said she had turned her electric kitchen stove on around 5 am to break up some of the grease that had built up. She left for breakfast and then next thing she knew her house was up in flames.

"I somehow think the grease started the fire," said Sessions.

Frederick Koos, the fire chief of DeWitt Township said they are still investigating the cause.

Koos did say one of the challenges in fighting the fire was that there were no fire hydrants near by so they had to shuttle in water from different departments.

Alice is also 85 years old and has lived in that home for more than 70 years. It was a family home full of history, memories and loved ones now the home is considered a total loss.


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  • by Lyn Location: Lansing on Sep 29, 2010 at 05:51 AM
    I was at the park across the street watching the fire. It was by far the biggest fire I have ever seen! I could feel the heat, very scary!
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