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‘Right place at the right time’

Passersby notice smoke, warn woman of fire


NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS Jack Kramer assists Lucille “Seal” Corson across West Emery Road to be reunited with family and friends as the garage of her Emery Road home becomes engulfed in flames the morning of Aug. 8. Roscommon Township Fire Chief Joe Williams (right) said although the fire is still under inves­tigation, it seems to have began near the garage’s electrical panel. Kramer who alerted Corson to the fire, commended the Roscommon, Denton and Lake township fire departments for their ability to work together, as well as the caring nature of Corson’s neighbors and family. Corson’s neighbor Dorothy Kramer, who was being cared for by Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Richardson (far left) ran to assist Corson and fell in the process, which caused her to seek medical attention from Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) NEIGHBORS HELPING NEIGHBORS Jack Kramer assists Lucille “Seal” Corson across West Emery Road to be reunited with family and friends as the garage of her Emery Road home becomes engulfed in flames the morning of Aug. 8. Roscommon Township Fire Chief Joe Williams (right) said although the fire is still under inves­tigation, it seems to have began near the garage’s electrical panel. Kramer who alerted Corson to the fire, commended the Roscommon, Denton and Lake township fire departments for their ability to work together, as well as the caring nature of Corson’s neighbors and family. Corson’s neighbor Dorothy Kramer, who was being cared for by Roscommon County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Mike Richardson (far left) ran to assist Corson and fell in the process, which caused her to seek medical attention from Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) “The Lord had me in the right place at the right time,” Houghton Lake resident Jack Kramer said of the role he played in assisting Emery Road resident Lucille “Seal” Cor­son from her home after her garage caught fire the morning of Aug. 8.


CONTAINED TO THE GARAGE Roscommon Township Fire Department members including (from left) Chief Joe Williams and Firefighters Chad Schwartz, Charlie Jones and Wilber Hines work to suppress the flames coming from Lucille “Seal” Corson’s West Emery Road garage the morning of Aug. 8. “We kept it out of the house, that was a major accomplishment,” Williams said. Roscommon, Denton and Lake township fire departments worked together “like a machine” Houghton Lake resident Jack Kramer said. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) CONTAINED TO THE GARAGE Roscommon Township Fire Department members including (from left) Chief Joe Williams and Firefighters Chad Schwartz, Charlie Jones and Wilber Hines work to suppress the flames coming from Lucille “Seal” Corson’s West Emery Road garage the morning of Aug. 8. “We kept it out of the house, that was a major accomplishment,” Williams said. Roscommon, Denton and Lake township fire departments worked together “like a machine” Houghton Lake resident Jack Kramer said. (Photo by Krista Tacey-Cater) Unaware of the fire forming in her garage, Corson, 81, Houghton Lake, was alerted of the flames by Kramer after he and his wife, Jean, were driving by and noticed smoke before approaching the home. At first, Kramer thought it was a brush fire, however, after getting closer to Corson’s home he saw flames com­ing from the garage. Kramer asked Jean to call 911 while he began banging on the home and yelling to see if anyone was inside.

“I was awake, but I didn’t know there was a fire,” Corson said. When she heard Kramer, she opened the shades and he told her the garage was on fire. After the warning, Cor­son quickly grabbed her purse and ran out the door, while she said she was barefoot and still in her pajamas.

Kramer said when he approached the home the fire seemed to have just started, however, it spread “pretty fast” through the garage. He add­ed that Roscommon, Denton and Lake township fire departments all responded to the fire quickly and worked together “like a machine” to control the situation.

“Hats off to the fire departments,” Kramer said.

Roscommon Township Fire Chief Joe Williams said although the fire is still under investigation, it seems to have began in the area of the garage’s electrical panel. He said the fire’s first tone from Central Dispatch was received at 10:05 a.m. and that the scene was cleared by 12:35 p.m. He added that he arrived on scene approximately two minutes after being notified of the fire and Corson was already safely out of the home.

Williams called the garage a “to­tal loss,” however, he said because the fire was contained quickly by the three fire departments, the home only had smoke and water damage.

“We kept it out of the house, that was a major accomplishment,” Wil­liams said.

Kramer also commended the ac­tions of Corson’s family and neigh­bors for quickly arriving on scene. Neighbor Dorothy Kramer said she ran to Corson’s home to make sure she wasn’t inside and fell in the pro­cess. She was transported to Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital by Houghton Lake EMS and was diag­nosed with a fractured jaw and eye.

“I’m alright, just black and blue,” Dorothy Kramer said.

Corson’s granddaughter, Saman­tha Corson, arrived at her grand­mother’s home not long after the fire occurred and was relieved to see her grandmother out of the home safe. She said she has known Jack and Jean Kramer from her days at Hough­ton Lake Community Schools, when Jack was a principal. She said it is nice to know that people are looking out for each other.

“If it wouldn’t have been for him (Jack Kramer), I don’t think she would have made it out,” Lucille Corson’s son, Doug Corson, said.

Lucille Corson added she is thankful for Jack Kramer, Dorothy Kramer, her family and the firefight­ers who fought the fire.

“Thanks to Jack again,” Lucille Corson said.

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