Harris Township fire victim identified

MENOMINEE – Authorities have released the name of a child who died early Friday in a mobile home fire in Harris Township.

The victim was identified as Nelson Charles Williams, age 8, said Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks.

The fire was reported at 1:11 a.m. by a neighbor and a family member, Marks said. There were three other occupants asleep in the mobile home – Duaine Daniel Williams, 35, and his wife, Dawn Marie Williams, 34, and their daughter, Hailey Marie Williams, also age 8. They were able to escape, but the couple’s son was trapped.

Hannahville police officers, Menominee County deputies and Harris Township firefighters arrived on scene and found a fully engulfed structure fire with flames and heavy smoke. Firefighters found the boy in the trailer and got him out, the sheriff said.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was initiated by officers and Rampart EMS transported the child to St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. According to the medical examiner, the preliminary determination is that the child died of smoke inhalation.

Duaine Williams was transported to St. Francis and treated for cuts sustained while he was trying to get his family out of the burning home. Dawn and Hailey Williams were both transported to St. Francis and treated for smoke inhalation.

A Menominee County deputy was taken to the emergency room and treated for smoke inhalation.

All persons have been released from the hospital, Marks reported Friday afternoon.

The home is located at N16935 County Road 551, one mile north of U.S. 2.

A Menominee County Sheriff Department detective trained to examine fires was called to investigate, along with the Menominee County medical examiner. The state fire investigator from Gaylord was also called to the scene.

The Menominee County Victim Services Unit supplied temporary clothing and shelter. The American Red Cross, Iron Mountain Chapter has been contacted for longer-term assistance to help the family.