18-year-old woman dies in Sterling house fire

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published July 3, 2019


A July 3 house fire reportedly resulted in the death of an 18-year-old woman and critical burn injuries to a man and a woman in their 20s, according to a Sterling Heights Fire Department press release.

At around 8:15 a.m., the Fire Department responded to a blaze in a ranch-style residence in the 37000 block of Mariano Drive, located near 16 1/2 Mile Road, east of Van Dyke Avenue.

Fire crews heard that people were still inside the home. They reportedly rescued a 24-year-old man and a 20-something woman from the basement and arranged for their emergency care, then sent them to Detroit Receiving Hospital. According to the Fire Department, the two suffered burns on “over 30-40 percent of their bodies,” though officials believe they will fully recover. 

Another man was reportedly treated for smoke inhalation after he was able to get outside of the house, fire officials said. But while rescuers were able to get an 18-year-old woman out of the home quickly, she nevertheless died. 

“The Sterling Heights Fire Department expresses great sadness and offers its condolences at the loss of life and injuries sustained by this family,” a Fire Department statement reads. 

The Fire Department said all five of its stations were involved in putting out the fire. A second alarm went out, and the fire departments of Clinton Township, Shelby Township and Warren helped. Stepping in to cover the fire stations were rescuers from Fraser, Macomb Township, Roseville and Utica, officials said. 

Two firefighters reportedly had to go to Beaumont Hospital, Troy, for burn treatment but they have since been released. The Fire Department was investigating clues about the fire’s cause at press time. 

Anyone who has more information about this incident should contact the Sterling Heights Fire Department by calling (586) 446-2950.