JUST IN: Greenville man dies from Jan. 13 arson injuries


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 9:03 am on Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Dennis Vanderzand

GREENVILLE — A Greenville man has died from injuries related to an arson earlier this year.
Dennis Vanderzand, 65, died Thursday.
Vanderzand was rescued by officers from the Greenville Department of Public Safety after a fire was intentionally set at 313 E. Cass St. on Jan. 13.

Vanderzand told police a woman who lived in the residence set his clothes on fire in his bedroom on the second floor. Vanderzand was trapped in his bedroom before officers rescued him.
Greenville Department of Public Safety Interim Director Gary Valentine said he believes Vanderzand died from complications from his injuries.
“We are awaiting the results of the autopsy from the medical examiner’s office and once that has been received, it will all be given to the (Montcalm County) Proseuctor (Andrea Krause) for final review and determinations,” Valentine said.
Vanderzand is survived by  three children, his mother, and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will take place at a later date. Arsulowicz Funeral Home in Grand Rapids is handling funeral arrangements.

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