Manistee County Deputies Investigating Deadly House Fire

One person is dead after a fire broke out at a home early Tuesday morning.

The Manistee County sheriff tells us it started around 2 a.m. at a home in Cleon Township off Wells Road.

When the sheriff arrived, they found the home taken over by flames.

The homeowner wasn’t there when it started, but she says a loved one was.

The homeowner tells us she was not inside the house at the time of the fire; however, she says her boyfriend was and he’s the person who died.

“My daughter called me, was crying on the phone, and said ‘Mom, this is terrible,’ and she said I got a phone call our house is one fire,” said Carolyn Braun.

Carolyn owns the home. She tells us she has been in the hospital since Monday afternoon for some medical issues.

“Once they arrived on scene, they found that the house was fully engulfed,” said Manistee County Undersheriff Ken Falk. “They did a preliminary search of the residence, and found that there was a subject inside.”

Police are not identifying the victim at this time; however, Braun tells us it was her boyfriend Brian Brantley.

“Brian was an exceptional, wonderful person. He would do anything for anybody. He was helping us out with chores and he would come over and help us get things done, he was a joke-able person and he was very sincere,” said Carolyn.

Right now the cause of fire is still under investigation, but the undersheriff says the smoke alarm reports were coming from the bedroom/ bathroom area.

“Horrible. It’s devastating to have a house burn, not just the house, but all their stuff inside and someone that was a loved one,” said Undersheriff Falk.

Right now Carolyn is working with a social worker and the Salvation Army to figure out what’s next.

“It’s very stressful, very hurt. I don’t know what direction to go in, just even thinking about it, it’s really hard,” said Carolyn.

Undersheriff Falk says they treat all fires as suspicious until they determine the cause, including this one.

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