CORAL — A Coral family is being helped by members of the close-knit community after losing almost everything in a Sunday morning house fire.
Alfred and Kari Hadrich smelled smoke around 9:45 a.m. and found a fire in a back corner of a downstairs bedroom. They made it safely out of the home, along with their six children, who are ages 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1.
The Maple Valley Township Fire Department responded to the home at 4841 Grove St.
“When we arrived on scene, it was fully engulfed,” said Fire Chief Dan Kain of the older, two-story, A-frame house on the outskirts of the small village.
The Lakeview District Fire Department was automatically called for mutual aid. The Howard City Fire Department was also called for help with water. Kain estimated more than 30 firefighters were at the scene fighting the blaze. They didn’t clear the scene until around 2:30 p.m.
“Being that it’s an older structure, there were no fire stops in the walls so the fire went right up into the attic,” Kain said.
The cause of the fire is still undetermined, but the Hadrich family thinks an electrical issue may be to blame. Alfred Hadrich’s sister owns the home. The Hadrich family did not have insurance.
“It was definitely unexpected,” Kari Hadrich said.
Kari Hadrich said community members have rallied around the family after the devastating loss.
“Everyone is making sure my kids are warm,” she said. “We’re doing pretty good. A lot better than I expected.”
The family is staying with a relative in the area and the American Red Cross is assisting. The family has had plenty of clothes already donated, but still needs winter items such as coats, boots and snowpants, as well as diapers and shoes.
Anyone wishing to help the family can call (231) 354-6522.