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The Allegan County Sheriff’s Office reports they assisted at a fatal fire at about 12:15 a.m. Thursday at a residence on 117th Avenue near 43rd Street in Valley Township. 

 

The single-wide mobile home was reported to have fire coming from the structure. A short time later a sheriff’s deputy arrived and found William Hedges, 23, lying about 15 feet from the home with obvious burn injuries. Hedges lived in the home with his parents.

 

The officer and several family members helped move him to safety as he was unable to move on his own due to his injuries.  He was transported to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

 

Several family members were in the home when they noticed a fire had started in the kitchen area of the home.  They were trying to get everyone from the home when they located Hedges and several members of the family helped pull him from the home, officials said.

 

The other people in the home all suffered varying degrees of smoke inhalation and received treatment at the scene and at the hospital.

 

The fire is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Michigan State Police Special Investigations Division (Fire Marshal). Clyde, Lee, and Hamilton township fire departments extinguished the fire before it destroyed the home.  

 

The sheriff’s office assisted the Clyde, Lee and Hamilton township fire departments, Life EMS, AMR Ambulance and the Michigan State Police Special Investigations Division.

 

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