Fatal Fire In Livingston County

By: Jennifer Weaver Email
By: Jennifer Weaver Email

You can still smell the smoke, remnants of a blaze that claimed the life of Joseph Wellman leaving his family with no choice but to pick up the pieces.

"Reality still hasn't set in but it has," his stepson Jason Morgan said.

Wellman lived in his Handy Township home for more than 20 years until a fire that neighbors say could be seen a mile away burned it down.

"It was about 1 o'clock in the morning and we looked out and there were fire trucks and lights and sirens," neighbor Dan Ayres said.

Emergency crews were everywhere and Ayres says they worked all night .

You couldn't find a better person, that's what the community is saying about Joseph Wellman. Neighbors and family say he will be missed.

"He was like a second father to me," Morgan said.

Also a dog lover, and while his house is gone, family members are meditating on the memories that remain.

"I actually had a lot of fun with him, we played catch sometimes." Dustin Lichlyter said. "It was kinda funny because when I was younger I couldn't say grandpa it came out jampa," his grandson said.

And as the healing begins those who knew him remember the kind of dad he was.

"Fun, caring, loving," his grandson said.

"The best we can do is just pick up what we can from here and let his memory live on," Morgan said.

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