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Sad to report tragedy struck someone in our community who is known to some of us ,EdwardGlen. His oldest brother is married to Dan's sister, both extended families were close. Send some good thoughts their way...


Mobile Home Fire Claims Life of Disabled Mich. Man

Authorities in northwestern Lower Michigan say a disabled 55-year-old man has died in a mobile home fire in Kalkaska County.




Authorities in northwestern Lower Michigan say a disabled 55-year-old man has died in a mobile home fire in Kalkaska County.


The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Saturday that Dan Lee Harmon was ill in bed when the fire started Friday morning. Authorities found his body on the bedroom floor of his Kalkaska Township home.


Township Fire Chief Derek Hogerheide says he and several others couldn't enter the home, which was quickly engulfed in smoke and flames. Harmon's wife and daughter were working on a vehicle in an attached garage but also couldn't go in the house.


Fire officials don't know the cause but Hogerheide says it might have started in the kitchen. A state fire marshal will join in the investigation.<BR itxtNodeId="5">

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Sad story ive lived in a nice trailer and saw the neighbors trailer burn completely down in less than 10 minutes thank god they werent home at the time of the fire manufactered homes are put together decent but nothing like the real support beam brick foundation type of homes.


My prayers are with Edward Glen and his family. :mellow:

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Deb has lost every thing, Husband, her best friend, all her possessions. I am going to the Bank on Monday to set up a relief fund acc. for Debbie. will let everyone know how to help if you can.




Ok, back from meeting with the Bank. Man what a hassle that was, GOVERNMENT RED TAPE . Well if anyone would like to help.

We are talking to the Reverend at the church to see if he can help with a fundraiser, Tax number or something, I have some donation jars up around Kalkaska at Gas stations.

Deb is in good spirits, thanks to family and friends, But... With all the expense of putting a life back together...Thank you, in advance for any goodwill you can send her way.




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If you have family/friends who are confined to bed/wheelchair or trouble moving physically.


Please help ensure this type of tragedy doesn't befall them!


Take the time to check their appliances make sure toasters and the such are in good working order and clean.


Toaster cited in fire that killed disabled man


That best portion of a good man's life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts Of kindness and of love.- William Wordsworth




Posted: Feb 14, 2012 10:26 PM EST Updated: Feb 14, 2012 10:26 PM EST KALKASKA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Northern Michigan authorities say a toaster that failed to pop up is suspected of starting a fire that killed a 55-year-old disabled man in his mobile home.


The fire happened Friday in Kalkaska County, about 20 miles east of Traverse City.


Authorities say Dan Lee Harmon was ill in bed when the fire started. They say his body was found on the bedroom floor.


Kalkaska Township fire Chief Derek Hogerheide tells the Traverse City Record-Eagle (http://bit.ly/wBxSlx) that the toaster was kept under some cabinets in the kitchen, and Harmon's wife was using it shortly before the fire.


<P orgFontSize="12px">Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, http://www.record-eagle.com


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.



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Some accidents just are not preventable no matter how hard we try . But I will make every effort to follow your warning advice .


Another tip for families with patients who are in decline or even elderly parents is to use a lock on main enterances that requires the key to lock upon leaving . Yes it is a pain but it prevents accidental lock outs in the cold or at all by forgetting ones keys inside . Especially if one lives in a rural area or takes medication frequently being locked out would deprive one of . Infact one can use it as a memory cue to make sure they have their medications when leaving also as well as water for the dehyration many cause ! Most Brain Injury , Alzeimer's and Elderly groups recommend this over leaving keys out others may gain access to the home with . If you do leave a extra key out have it in a lockable device or with a trusted neighbor that has someone at home most the time .

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