Irons family displaced following house fire

IRONS — An Irons family is displaced following a house fire at 6290 W. Nine Mile Road on May 24.

According to resident Charity Newville, her family was out of town over the weekend and learned about the fire when her son got a phone call from a friend, who said, “Your house is on fire.”

None of the family members were hurt in the blaze, but the family’s dog Lilly was killed, Newville said.

“It’s a horribly tragic thing, and I hope no one ever has to go through this,” she said. “It’s awful.”

The family’s four-bedroom home is all but gone, Newville said, as only the home’s back two walls are standing.

“Everything is ashes and burnt, and the smell is horrible,” she explained. “It’s a really disheartening thing to look at, talking about all of your memories sitting in there. Stuff (burned) that can’t be replaced.”

The Newville’s are now staying in a camper on a family-member’s property in Irons. The cause of the fire remains unknown, Newville said.

Following the blaze, the family is seeking any household items, books, toys, dishes and hygiene products. So far, the family has received clothing. Newville’s children, Devin Morris, Cathy Dale and Jeremiah Newville are students at Manistee Area Public Schools.

“The kids lost everything,” Newville said.

Newville said donations can be taken to her children at Manistee High School, Kennedy Elementary or Madison Elementary, or donors can call the family at (231) 266-5623 to schedule a drop off.