Authorities investigate after 3 people, dog killed in boat cabin fire on Lake St. Clair

Cause of fire is still unknown

3 people, dog killed in boat cabin fire on Lake St. Clair
3 people, dog killed in boat cabin fire on Lake St. Clair

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The Macomb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of three people and a dog in a believed boat cabin fire.

Officials say the bodies were found at about 6 a.m. Saturday after a believed boat cabin fire was reported at Fox Marine marina on Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township.

Update: No foul play suspected in believed boat cabin fire that killed 3 people, dog on Lake St. Clair

“This morning at approximately 6:05 a.m., our deputies -- along with the Harrison Township Fire Department -- were called to a possible boat fire at the Fox Marina on South River Road in Harrison Township,” said Sgt. Renee Yax. “The caller reported seeing smoke coming from the boat that they had known people to be staying on. We made entry and found three deceased persons on board, along with a deceased dog.”

There were no reports of flames, but authorities said there was heavy smoke coming from the boat cabin.

Detectives are unsure if the three were living on the boat or staying for the holiday weekend.

The cause of the fire is unknown. The investigation is ongoing.

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