The city of Eastpointe, Michigan is in mourning as three children lost their lives in a fire. On Saturday morning, firefighters and police officers responded to 911 calls shortly before 5 a.m. that a home was on fire. However, while city police officers were first on the scene, they were unable to enter the burning brick house because of heavy flames and smoke. At the time, they didn’t know that three children were inside of the home.
The Children Were Home Alone:
According to Macomb Daily, police officers responded to a home engulfed in flames after they received reports Saturday morning around 5:00 a.m. Shortly after the police arrived, firefighters arrived to the scene as they worked to put out the fire. Tragically, fire fighters discovered the bodies of brothers, Brendon Mahone 9, Zyher Cameron Swain 8, and their cousin Madison Swain, 4. The children were found in a bedroom alone. Family members arrived to the front lawn of the home in disbelief. Many people wondered how the fire started and why the children were home alone. Grandparents to the brothers Brendon and Zyher, Brenda and Dennis Mosley, shared how sweet the children were and how greatly they would be missed. The two other children that lived in the home were not home at the time.
They’re smart, great kids. It’s hard to believe something like this happened, said the boys’ grandmother, Brenda Mosley to The Macomb Daily. It’s a tragedy. It’ll be a lifetime getting over this. We’re talking about kids, Dennis Mosley, the boys’ grandfather.
Brendon was in the fourth grade while his brother, Zyher, was in the third grade. Family members of the boys shared that they both loved school and that they were good kids. Like most children his age, Brendon enjoyed playing games on his cell phone. His brother, Zyher , enjoyed attending church, listening to gospel songs, and preaching. Relatives shared that Zyher would grab a microphone and preach as if he was in church.
Trying To Provide A Better Life:
Amber Swain and her sister, Lauren Swain, lived together in a home with their children. Both women were working mothers who were trying to provide a good life for their children. Melvin Byrd, father to Amber Swain’s 2 other children, spoke to The Macomb Daily as to why the children were left alone. Byrd revealed that Brendon’s and Zhyer’s mother, Amber, was getting ready for work Saturday morning and didn’t want to wake up the children. In route to her job, she picked up her sister, Lauren, from work. Once Amber was at her job, Lauren allegedly returned home by herself and arrived to see the house was on fire. Byrd claims that Lauren was one of the people who called 911.
While much of social media is blaming the mothers by calling them negligent, the mothers of the children feel bad enough. Not only did they lose their children, but they lost their home and many of the memories that they once created. Amber Swain shared the last outing that she spent with her kids as she now regrets leaving them unattended. She posted a video with the following caption:
I just took everybody to the movies Tuesday I was off and wanted to be with my babies cause I’m always at work and I lost my babies tryna get to work on time please please please never put Work or nothing else for that matter before your babies I was tryna give us a better life babies mommy is soooooo sorry Brendon Kam and Maddie
There Were No Smoke Detectors In The Home:
Acting Public Safety Director Eric Keiser revealed that the home had no working smoke detectors. Additionally, investigators have not determined the cause of the fire, however, they don’t believe that it was arson. Keiser shared that this tragedy serves as a reminder for the public to install smoke detectors in their homes and to ensure that the batteries work in the smoke detectors. According to the Red Cross website, an estimated 890 lives could be saved each year if all homes had working smoke alarms. Most importantly, Red Cross shared that having a working smoke alarm reduces one’s chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.
Tragically, a family in Queens, New York lost their lives due to a fire. Like the home in Eastpointe, their home had no working smoke detectors. Five people, including three children, lost their lives on April 23rd of 2017. Fire investigators revealed that upon putting the fire out, they discovered that there were no working smoke detectors in the house. They were trying to determine what sparked the fire, but they say that it was not considered suspicious and is believed to have started on the first floor of the home. The cause of that fire was never revealed.
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To ensure that your home is prepared in the case of a fire, place a smoke alarm on every level of your home and outside sleeping areas. If you keep bedroom doors shut, place a smoke alarm in each bedroom. Teach children what the smoke alarm sounds like and what to do when they hear it. Having a working smoke detector in your home could save your life and the life of someone else in case of a fire.