Fatal structure fire in Portage Township claims two lives

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PORTAGE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJMN) – The Michigan State Police St. Ignace Post has released more information regarding a fatal house that claimed the live of two Portage Township residents.

The two victims have been identified as 69-year-old Mary Burton and 72-year-old Rodney Lafond.

The investigation is continuing with the assistance of members of the MSP Fire Marshall Division.

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1/20/19 – Michigan State Police (MSP) St. Ignace Post are investigating a fatal structure fire that took the lives of two Portage township residents.

On Jan. 18 at approximately 8:30 a.m., MSP responded to a report that multiple fire departments were battling a structure fire. Further reports stated that two occupants of the residence were unable to escape the home.

Upon arriving on the scene, the troopers discovered that fire department officials had located two deceased residents inside the home. The names of the victims are not being released at this time. The investigation is continuing with the assistance of members of the MSP Fire Marshall Division.

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