Adults 75 (41%)
Children 108 (59%)
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David and Cindy Hoaglin, and their daughter Chelsea, 15, killed in Bangor house fire
October 01, 2009, 4:00PMBANGOR — A husband and wife and their 15-year-old daughter were killed this morning in a house fire near downtown Bangor.
Their son, Jestin, is stationed in Iraq in the military. He has been notified and efforts are in the works to bring him home, neighbors and friends said.
Grief counselors were on hand Thursday at Bangor High School, Principal Jeff Melvin said..
Firefighters from Bangor and four other departments responded at 2:30 a.m. to the blaze at 111 N. Center St. after receiving a report of a house fire with people still inside, Bangor Fire Chief Derek Babcock said.
Neighbor Peter Gent, 67, said he called 911.
"When I came to the door the heat from the fire almost knocked me back. It was that hot," Gent said.
Babcock said the rear of the two-story house was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.
He said it took firefighters about 45 minutes to bring the blaze under control and that rescue efforts were performed as firefighters worked to douse the fire.
"We had plenty of people on scene and were doing both activities at the same time," Babcock said.
Babcock declined Thursday to release the genders and ages of the three people killed in the fire, pending the conclusion of an investigation by the Van Buren County Medical Examiner's Office. The chief also declined to say where in the house firefighters found the three victims.
He said two of the people were pronounced dead at the scene of the fire and a third was pronounced dead at South Haven Community Hospital.
Babcock said it appears the fire began in the rear of the house. The cause of the blaze was being investigated Thursday by a Michigan State Police fire investigator.
Babcock said firefighters cleared the scene at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday.
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