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March 12, 2014

Man injured in Kingsley fire

TRAVERSE CITY — A Kingsley man suffered severe smoke inhalation in a fire that engulfed his mobile home.

The man, 47, remains hospitalized after firefighters pulled him from the Monday afternoon blaze at Cherrywood Mobile Home Park. Firefighters also pulled four cats from the thick smoke, but only one survived.

Grand Traverse Rural Fire Chief Theo Weber arrived with the first firefighters on scene shortly after 4:50 p.m. and said flames were visible outside. He followed a firefighter who entered the smoke-filled structure and managed to find the occupant in the kitchen area.

“He discovered the victim and together we removed him from the premises,” Weber said.

The fire significantly damaged the mobile home and occurred one day after rural firefighters were dispatched another significant Kingsley-area blaze. On Sunday, an oil and natural gas well erupted in flames near Clous and Schneider roads.

Fire investigations haven’t yet identified a cause for the mobile home fire. Grand Traverse County sheriff’s Capt. Chris Clark said a deputy assisted the fire marshal’s investigation as a courtesy and the fire isn’t considered suspicious.

Weber said investigators believe the fire started around a couch in the living room. He didn’t have information about the victim’s current condition at Munson Medical Center.

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