Family loses home, belongings in fire

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published December 9, 2016

 Warren Police Lt. Larry Garner went Christmas shopping with Myah Alleman, 3, and Wyatt Alleman, 7, on Dec. 5 as part of the Cops ‘n’ Kids program. The Allemans were added to the list of more than 30 kids who were given gift cards to go shopping at Meijer this year. The Warren family suffered a house fire Dec. 1 that destroyed their home and belongings.

Warren Police Lt. Larry Garner went Christmas shopping with Myah Alleman, 3, and Wyatt Alleman, 7, on Dec. 5 as part of the Cops ‘n’ Kids program. The Allemans were added to the list of more than 30 kids who were given gift cards to go shopping at Meijer this year. The Warren family suffered a house fire Dec. 1 that destroyed their home and belongings.

Photo provided by Michael Lake

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WARREN — With the calendar closing in on the holiday season, the Alleman family lost their home and many of their belongings in a house fire Dec. 1 on Arsenal, near 12 Mile and Van Dyke. 

Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said firefighters were dispatched to the single-story ranch home at 2:56 p.m. after a passerby observed a fire in the garage. A 3-year-old girl was reportedly in the home with her grandmother at the time, while her parents were working and her 7-year-old brother was at school. 

“The fire was in the attic or in the crawl space and pretty much destroyed the structure of the home,” McAdams said. “There was heavy smoke, fire and water damage to the home.”

McAdams said the structure was a “total loss,” as were many of the items inside. One of the family’s pets was lost, but there were no other injuries to the occupants or firefighters. 

“The origin of the fire is in the garage and it is not suspicious,” McAdams said, adding that he was awaiting a final report from the fire investigator to pinpoint the exact cause. 

Several efforts were underway at press time to assist the Alleman family in the wake of the fire.

Police officers from Warren and Center Line added the children, Wyatt and Myah, to their list of kids they shopped with during the annual Cops ‘n’ Kids holiday outreach on Dec. 5. The membership of the Fraternal Order of Police Christopher M. Wouters Lodge No. 124 and the Warren Meijer store combined to offer $100 gift cards for more than 30 kids this year, including the Alleman family. 

“We added them, which was cool. We were told it was a complete loss,” said Warren police officer Mike Lake, the immediate past president of the lodge and the chair of the holiday shopping program. 

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said on his Facebook page that he had visited with the Allemans after he made a pledge to support them with a financial contribution during the city’s annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 3.

“The mayor actually came to the house. I guess he mentioned us at the tree lighting ceremony,” Kristy Alleman said. “Everybody has been, just the outpouring of people to help us out and just get the kids things, it’s just been overwhelming as far as the community banding together.”

Kristy Alleman said she and her husband, Brian Alleman, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, would like to thank the community for its support.

“Everybody has been very helpful and really supportive,” Kristy Alleman said. “I take my blessings as they come. God saved my children. My daughter wasn’t hurt. I’ll just take that as a sign that he was looking out for me that day.” 

Dana-Marie Serio, a longtime friend of the family, set up a GoFundMe page to assist the Allemans at gofundme.com/please-help-a-hard-working-family.

“They’re just a good family. They’re really close friends of mine,” Serio said. “They would do anything for anybody. I’m just grateful that everybody has reached out like that.”

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