Woman, 56, Dies in Wyandotte House Fire

"This is just a tragic accident," Wyandotte Fire Department Chief Jeff Carley said Saturday of the blaze that also left a woman and two children without a home.

A 56-year-old Wyandotte woman died late Friday in a house fire near Maple and 14th streets. Photo Credit: Kathy Slack
A 56-year-old Wyandotte woman died late Friday in a house fire near Maple and 14th streets. Photo Credit: Kathy Slack
A 56-year-old Wyandotte woman died Friday night in an accidental house fire that also left her daughter and two grandchildren without a home.

The Wyandotte Fire Department received a call about the blaze at the corner of Maple and 14th Streets at 9:53 p.m., Chief Jeff Carley said Saturday. The entire front of the two-story duplex already was in flames when fire units arrived within 5 minutes, he added.

Iris Shepherd, 56, died in the fire; her daughter and two grandchildren, who live in the upstairs flat, were not home at the time and are staying at a hotel due to damage to their home, Carley said.

While the exact cause could not be determined, a tangle of extension cords and improper handling of a lit cigarette were possible factors in the fire, he said.

"There's no evidence of an arson," Carley said. "This is just a tragic accident."
KATHY SLACK August 03, 2013 at 06:41 PM
I live across the street and am collecting clothing and hygiene items for the family Mom wears XL shirts, size 16 pants size 9 shoes, Boy 14 wears size 14 shirts, 16-18 pants but can fit mens small, wears men's 8 med shoe, boy 8, wears a 7-8 and a boys size 2 shoe. Please email at angelrainbowinspirations@gmail.com to schedule a drop off. I plan to be in my yard probably most of tomorrow. Right now, I can't take household items yet due to lack of storage but please know this family HAS NOTHING
kvan August 03, 2013 at 07:42 PM
Kathy - check you email.
Anne August 03, 2013 at 07:52 PM
I live right behind this house and I am so heartbroken about this tragedy. I was unable to sleep last night just thinking of that poor women. My deepest sympathies to this family. The daughter had just moved into the flat upstairs. They also lost two dogs in the fire.
KATHY SLACK August 03, 2013 at 10:43 PM
I am doing 2 drop offs at my house across the street, tomorrow from 11-2 and Monday 11-8
KATHY SLACK August 03, 2013 at 11:03 PM
There is also the brother of the woman, Charles who also lived there. He wears a man's large shirt, unsure on pants, he is a tall slim man
KATHY SLACK August 04, 2013 at 02:00 AM
I am at 14th and Maple 1st house on left coming from 14th, gray house big hedge line
Mike Navin August 04, 2013 at 09:43 AM
Anne, do you know what kind of dogs they had? Reason I ask is that my friend found 2 dogs running across and back Eureka right around 14th and 15th yesterday. She was able to get them in her car and she was able to take them to the Southgate Animal Shelter since they were the only shelter open at that time. One of the dogs was like a Rottweiler mix and I'm not sure of the other one. I don't want to raise any hopes but, just find it an odd coincidence.
KATHY SLACK August 04, 2013 at 09:54 AM
one dog died in the fire, this was confirmed the other is missing still, it was a small dog
KATHY SLACK August 04, 2013 at 09:55 AM
one was a Yorkiepoo the other a Pomeranian/ Chihuahua mix not sure which one died
Alycia Branson -MacDonald August 04, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Kathy, I just cleaned out my son's closet and all clothes are sizes 7 and 8, can they still use them, great condition, if so I will pack them up and drop them off to your home.
Carla Vargas-Henley August 04, 2013 at 02:55 PM
I believe the missing dog is at the Southgate pound. Please let the family know. There was a flyer going around on Fb yesterday.
Charles Shepherd August 04, 2013 at 03:49 PM
I am the son of iris I was also living in the lower flat with her... I just want to than the community and friends for all of the support.
Carla Vargas-Henley August 04, 2013 at 03:56 PM
I am So Sorry for the loss of your Mother. I use to live on Elm. I've stopped and spoke with her from time to time while walking in the neighborhood. She was a very nice lady. You and your family are in my thoughts & prayers.
KATHY SLACK August 04, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Charles when you all can, come by sweety
IcemanAnd Slider August 04, 2013 at 07:59 PM
I will be contacting dena to set up a drop off for food, school supplies and book bags for the kids. I'm so sorry for the loss and my prayers are with this family. I'd like to know the size of the uncle and maybe I can get something together for him a well. God bless all that help
Nicki Wethington August 04, 2013 at 08:37 PM
I have a few pairs of jeans size 7 jeans almost brand new I can bring them by tomorrow. What is your address Kathy?
KATHY SLACK August 05, 2013 at 12:40 AM
1421 Maple will be back out 11-8 tomorrow
KATHY SLACK August 05, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Iceman, he wears a man's large shirt, 32x32 pants can do 34 but are big, he's slim
Brandi Blaz August 05, 2013 at 04:00 AM
I came across a post and that's how I found out about this family in need. The post stated that Brooklyn's Bar and Grill is accepting donations for the family as well. So maybe if you get an overwhelming amount you can direct people there and they may have storage room ??? Just a thought. I will def be by with the necessities tomorrow. But will wait on the household items.
KATHY SLACK August 05, 2013 at 10:42 AM
thank you! hoping to know more today, will be back out shortly rough morning so far thanks and bless you all
Sara Boc August 05, 2013 at 12:43 PM
I can donate mens clothing. I have XL shirts and 32x32 pants... and/or 32x34. Hoodies, fleece, tshirts, button up, and polo's. Is the drop off at Ms Kathy's or possibly Brooklyn's? I live on the south end of Wyandotte. If you need help w/ storage, i have some space, or maybe the community can come together and rent a storage garage at one of the local business (Northline, or there is one by the recycle center/city dump across from Indian lanes. This is Wyandotte, the place that ALWAYS comes together, esp in such a sad, horrific, unfortunate tragedy like this... Thank you, everyone for coming together, and Kathy-- You are the neighbor that we all need and love. "Love Thy Neighbor..." God Bless the family during this hard time, and God Bless The Wyandotte Community.
KATHY SLACK August 05, 2013 at 03:50 PM
It is beginning to rain, I am shutting down my yard for donations until rain lets up
KATHY SLACK August 05, 2013 at 03:57 PM
Toiletries, books for an 8-11 year old boys are needed. Clothes are getting to capacity. Please wait for now on more clothing! If you have household items, hold those too because storage is still a factor. The needs of the family have shifted to financial. I made a contact with the Chase bank here in Wyandotte and connected Mom to them, hopefully a fund can be set up. I will update when there is new news, thank you and bless you all
Donna Wheeler Malnar August 05, 2013 at 06:37 PM
I have a boatload of stuff sizes 8,10 for boys and a bunch of ladies size 16. No shoes though. I cant do anytime Monday. Would love to get rid of this stuff and help someone else at the same time. Please contact me through facebook if possible. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. God bless you all
KATHY SLACK August 05, 2013 at 07:04 PM
I did shut down donations just a short time ago. I have to. Please email me for future details at this time. I am exausted, but THANK YOU WYANDOTTE AND SURROUNDING AREAS!!!!! You all rock! Bless you!
Sarah Pettigrew August 06, 2013 at 08:11 PM
Hey, I am wondering if the family is still getting help in terms of food. I think my mom might have run into them and they were seeking help in that area. We run a soup kitchen on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and there are other resources that I could try to link them with as well. However, don't want to overwhelm you - if you need to, you can email teampettigrew@hotmail.com
KATHY SLACK August 14, 2013 at 07:36 PM
update http://wyandotte.patch.com/groups/helping-your-neighbors/p/charles-dena-and-the-boys-update


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