Fairplain Township mobile home fire ruled arson

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:50 am on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A fire last Wednesday at 1736 Boyer Road has been ruled an arson. The fire comes about two months after the homeowner’s parents’ house caught fire and was determined an arson as well. The families live next door to each other. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

FAIRPLAIN TOWNSHIP — A second fire has been ruled an arson on Boyer Road in Fairplain Township about two months after another arson.

Det. Sgt. Trever Slator, a state fire marshal, ruled a second house fire as arson on Friday.

The Sheridan Community Fire Department was dispatched at 10:21 a.m. June 5 to 1736 Boyer Road in Fenwick on the report of a structure fire.

According to Fire Chief Ed Lingeman, no one was home at the time of the fire and no pets were injured.

Last Wednesday’s fire was considered “suspicious” because it was the home of the daughter of the DeGrams, who had a house fire on March 29 that was also ruled arson.

The DeGram family lived next door at 1680 Boyer Road and had a fire at their home, following multiple fires at a previous home on Derby Road.

Slater was called in on Friday to investigate the home which sustained a fire that was contained to the bedroom last Wednesday.

“It is being investigated by the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and also by the Michigan State Police as an arson,” Slater said.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Det. Robert McVey said after Slater investigated the scene, he found material relating to the character of an arson.

In March, the DeGrams said they were feeling threatened over a dispute they were having with people from out of town and also received threats. Before the fire, suspicious events had been taking place around the house, the family told The Daily News.

When McVey asked if the arsons were related and if the homeowners had been cleared as suspects, McVey said the situations are still under investigation.

“We haven’t cleared anyone yet (as suspects),” McVey said.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the fires at both 1680 and 1736 Boyer roads.

Anyone with information is asked to call the fire marshal’s office at (616) 866-6680, Michigan State Police at (989) 352-8444 or Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office (989) 831-7590.

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