Adult, child killed in Grand Rapids house fire

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — One adult and one child have died after a large house fire in downtown Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids fire officials told News 8 that the adult died at the scene of the fire. The child died after being taken to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital for treatment. Neither their names nor their ages have been released.

“It’s just heartbreaking to hear such news,” said Vanessa Eppes, a neighbor who lives nearby.

The fire happened in the 500 block of Sheldon Avenue SE around 9 a.m. Saturday.

A neighbor called in the fire and when emergency responders arrived, they found the house engulfed in smoke and flames.

Assistant Fire Chief Brad Brown said every fire station in the city was called in to work on this fire and the departments were back-filled by surrounding departments, including Plainfield and Kentwood. At least 50 firefighters were on scene to fight the flames.

“We have heavy damage and we have experienced some collapses both in the structure and exterior,” said Brown.

Two firefighters were treated after overheating at the scene, according to GRFD.

The fire department expects to be on scene for several hours. The cause of the fire is under investigation.