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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 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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