Beaverton House Fire Kills Mother, 2 Children

A mother and her two children are dead after a house fire in Gladwin County.

The fire happened early Tuesday morning in Beaverton. Fire crews demolished the home for safety reasons.

The mother’s ex-husband and son managed to get out and were taken to the hospital—their conditions are unclear at this time.

Investigators are still working to figure out what sparked the fire, but the Beaverton Fire Department says it started in the northwest area of the home.

The three victim’s bodies are set to undergo autopsies, and the Beaverton Fire Chief Matt Fruchey says this tragedy affects a large chunk of this tight knit community.

“We are a small community, we know people, we know everybody, were tight knit here,” Fruchey says. “It wears not just the fact that it happened, but who it happened to.”

Investigators are not yet releasing the victims’ names, but we found out that the woman who died with her two children in the home was very active in the Beaverton community.

“She was just an amazing person. I mean anytime you were with she just lit up a room,” said Kyle Diller, friend of woman who died

The woman was involved in the Gladwin Area Friends of the Theatre and started the Beaverton Farmers Market.

“The mother made an impact on the community and brought a lot of us together,” said Adam Whitmer, long time friend of the family.

Her friends say her and her children will truly be missed.

“They were a fun loving people. They’re always in community outreach,” Whitmer said

She was always making everyone laugh you know making everybody smile. Just the light in the room always,” Diller said.

A Facebook fundraiser was set up to help the family.

It’s already raised more than $2,000.

“It pulls us together really I mean we’re really a big family more than we are a community. Everyone knows everyone,” Whitmer said.

This town will do what they can to be there for each other.

“She’s done so much for the community and they always give me we come together you know small towns it’s what we do,” Diller said.

They just want everyone to know how great she was.

“Her laugh. Her smile. Whenever I saw her I smiled instantly,” Diller said.

It’s clear this community is mourning together Tuesday.

If you would like to contribute to the fundraiser, click here.