Attica Twp; Metamora among departments assisting


The City of Lapeer Fire & Rescue battled a structure fire last week that claimed the life of a Lapeer resident. Firefighters pulled the man from his home; however, life-saving efforts were not enough.

LAPEER — Fire officials have issued a press release concerning a fatal structure fire in the City of Lapeer last week.

Just before noon last Tuesday, at 11:59 a.m., the City of Lapeer Fire and Rescue responded to a residential structure fire in the 200-block of Turrill Ave.

Initial reports from Lapeer County Central Dispatch indicated that the 911 caller was reporting smoke coming from the doorway.

Lapeer Fire Chief Mike Vogt said, “responding to the incident was City of Lapeer Fire and Rescue along with automatic aid from Elba Township Fire and Rescue.

City of Lapeer police officers, arriving first, noticed vehicles in the driveway and were informed by a neighbor that the occupant of the home typically worked the night shift and slept during the day.

Upon receiving this information, a second alarm was activated, bringing additional resources from the Metamora Township Fire Department.”

The Chief added, “Crews from City of Lapeer Fire and Rescue arrived at 12:03 p.m. Smoke was observed coming from the home. Personnel quickly began search and rescue efforts, locating and removing a male subject from the building.

Despite life-saving measures, the victim, identified as 50-year-old Richard Conger II of Lapeer, succumbed to his injuries.”

Chief Vogt said Conger was the sole occupant of the owner-occupied home. There were no other injuries reported, and the fire was contained to the single-family dwelling.

The origin and cause of the fire remains under investigation. The Chief said his department and the City of Lapeer extends its sincere condolences to Mr. Conger’s family during this difficult time.

Chief Vogt said Lapeer Fire was assisted by: City of Lapeer Police Department, Elba Township Fire and Rescue (automatic mutual aid) Metamora Township Fire and Rescue (2nd Alarm) and Attica Township Fire Department who was called for a third alarm but cancelled before a full response.

Chief Vogt stated, “Thank you to the assisting fire departments and public safety agencies for their invaluable support throughout this tragic incident.”

The scene exam of the origin and cause investigation was handled by Lapeer City Fire & Rescue personnel, with assistance from City of Lapeer Police Department and assets from the Michigan State
Police–Fire Investigation Unit.