Delta County man dies in mobile home fire

ESCANABA – Investigation is continuing today into the cause of a mobile home fire that claimed the life of an Osier man early Monday morning.

The Delta County Sheriff’s Office said the remains of Jack Patten, 76, were recovered from the home. Police said Patten’s death was accidental. No autopsy will be performed.

“The fire appeared to have been burning sometime before the call came in,” said Det. Dan Johnson from the sheriff’s department. “There really wasn’t much left of anything.”

At 4:15 a.m. Monday, firefighters from the Tri-County Fire Department were called to a fire at a residence located at 7005 Osier 40th Road. Police said when firefighters arrived, they found the mobile home had already been consumed by the fire during the night and was still burning.

Volunteer fire department units from Maple Ridge and Turin townships responded to the emergency call and were at the scene for about two hours, said Wally Trudell, assistant fire chief.

The only difficulty fighting the fire involved some deep snow by the home, Trudell said. There were no injuries to firefighters. Rock Rescue Ambulance was on standby at the scene.

Johnson said the cause of the fire remains undetermined at this time but the origin of the blaze appears to been in an addition on the home where a wood stove was being used to heat the trailer.

“There was so much damage to the shed off the back of the home … everything was gone,” Johnson said, saying the wooden addition was completely destroyed including the floor.

Sheriff’s deputies and Michigan State Police investigated the scene of the fatal blaze.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is