EASTPOINTE, Mich. – Three children were killed in a house fire in Eastpointe early Saturday.
The home, located on Juliana Avenue near East 8 Mile Road and Gratiot, caught fire about 5 a.m. while the children were inside. The children, ages 4, 8 and 9, were home alone in their grandmother's home, the acting public safety director for the Eastpointe Police Department confirmed.
Deputy Police Chief Eric Keiser said the fire destroyed the inside of the home. He said two families lived in the house, including two mothers and five children, but only three kids, two boys and a girl were home, at the time of the fire. The two youngest were at another home nearby.
Investigators have not determined the cause of the fire, and it was originally believed there may have been more children inside the home. The home did not have smoke detectors, authorities said.
“It’s just a tragedy, something I would have never expected to happen,” Denis Mosley, who is the grandfather of the two boys killed, Brendon and Zyher Cameron Mosley, said.
A GoFundMe account has been set up to help pay for the children's funerals.
Eastpointe Fire Chief Jeff Scheuer made a post Sunday about the fire.