Fire Marshal’s investigation still ongoing, but no cause determined

IMLAY CITY — Early reports that a faulty furnace, alternate heat source or space heater may have caused Tuesday’s (Feb. 26) deadly fire at Maple Grove mobile home park proved to be erroneous.

Imlay City Police Chief Scott Pike reported Friday afternoon that the Michigan State Police Fire Marshal’s office has yet to determine a definitive cause for the fire.

“They have determined that the furnace was most likely on and in proper working condition,” said Pike. “There was no evidence of any use of space heaters or other alternative heat sources.”

Pike added that the Fire Marshal’s office was able to determine that the fire originated in the living room area.

However, he said the actual cause of the fire (if ever able to be determined) will depend on additional investigation and interviews.

Four children have perished in the fire that began at around 3 a.m. in the 2000 block of S. Almont Ave.

The young victims include: Keith L. Kelley, 6; Keyondre L. Kelley, 5; Keyanna R. Kelley, 3; and Keyairah J. Kelley, 28 days old.

Pike reported that the only surviving child, 19-month-old Keyshawn Kelley, has been transferred from Hurley Medical Center to Detroit Children’s Hospital.

He said that, according to family members, the child was transferred to Detroit Children’s Hospital to receive specialized diagnostics and treatment not available at Hurley Hospital.

Pike added that the children’s parents, father, Keith Lamont Kelley; and mother, Krystal Irene Whitney; are listed in critical and stable conditions, respectively at Hurley Hospital.

Chief Pike noted that the investigation is ongoing.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.