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Shelby Township man dies in late night house fire

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published April 7, 2020

File photo by Deb Jacques

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Police Department and Fire Department are investigating a house fire that claimed the life of a 36-year-old man Saturday night.

At approximately 11:15 p.m. April 4, the Shelby Township Police Department and the Shelby Township Fire Department responded to a house fire in the area of Shelby Road and 25 Mile Road with the house reportedly fully engulfed in flames. 

Prior to emergency personnel arriving, a 73-year-old female homeowner woke up and discovered that her home was on fire. She attempted to help her 36-year-old son out of the home, but was unsuccessful, police said.

She was forced to exit the home and called 911 from a neighbor’s home. The 36-year-old man, whom police identified as Christopher Foss, was later found deceased on the floor inside a bedroom of the home.  

Police are unsure of the cause of the fire as of yet, but they are looking into the possibilities. According to police, at this time foul play is not suspected.

“The cause has not yet been determined, but arson is not suspected at this time,” Shelby Township Police Detective Sgt. Terry Hogan said in an email.

Investigators from the Police Department and Fire Department currently are investigating the incident.

Hogan said the fire most likely started near the rear of the home.

He also said that the man was heard calling out for help when the house was on fire, but police and fire were unable to locate him in time.

“I don’t know what the victim was doing before the fire started, but he was heard calling for help,” Hogan said.