House fire claims Livonia woman and 3 dogs - FOX 35 News Orlando

House fire claims Livonia woman and 3 dogs

Posted: Updated:
A fire claimed the life of a 60-year-old woman at this home on Oporto in Livonia. A fire claimed the life of a 60-year-old woman at this home on Oporto in Livonia.
LIVONIA, Mich. (WJBK) -

Livonia firefighters had to break the windows of a ranch home on Oporto, trying to get to the homeowner. Once inside, they found the 60-year-old woman and her three dogs in a bedroom overcome by smoke.

"I looked in the house. It looks like the inside of a barbecue, but the outside doesn't seem damaged," said neighbor Frank Procop.

"There [were] no flames coming out of the roof," said neighbor Edward Sacha.  "As you look at it, you see the outside's intact."

Investigators said that fire could have been smoldering all night long and nobody knew until after 6 a.m. when a neighbor taking out the trash saw the smoke.

Fire Marshall Dan Lee said the fire was likely started by a cigarette or a match that wasn't properly extinguished.

The neighbors said the victim had cared for her sick husband for many years before he was moved to an assisted living facility.

"She kept more and more to herself, and her husband was very ill and got sicker and sicker, and she became more of a recluse," Procop said.

Investigators said she had so much stuff in her house, it was difficult for them to locate her.

Fire investigators told us not one of the smoke detectors in the house was working.

This was the fourth fire-related death in Livonia in just the last six months.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Clutch Cargo's returns to religious roots

    Clutch Cargo's returns to religious roots

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:54 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:54:45 GMT
    Clutch Cargo's, a southeastern Michigan church building that spent several years as a nightclub, reopened as a house of worship on Easter Sunday.
    Clutch Cargo's, a southeastern Michigan church building that spent several years as a nightclub, reopened as a house of worship on Easter Sunday.
  • Kraft Foods recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners

    Kraft Foods recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:51 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:51:36 GMT
    Kraft Foods is recalling approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the products may contain Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners' packages.
    Kraft Foods is recalling approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the products may contain Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners' packages.
  • Van Dyke improvement project underway in Warren, Centerline

    Van Dyke improvement project underway in Warren, Centerline

    Monday, April 21 2014 7:42 AM EDT2014-04-21 11:42:43 GMT
    A massive construction project is underway in Macomb County. If you travel on Van Dyke, you know how rough it is. Now, jackhammers are out there tearing up a two-and-a half mile stretch from 11 Mile to Chicago Rd.
    A massive construction project is underway in Macomb County. If you travel on Van Dyke, you know how rough it is. Now, jackhammers are out there tearing up a two-and-a half mile stretch from 11 Mile to Chicago Rd.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices