Woman found after deadly fire at senior home on Detroit's east side

Posted at 4:59 AM, Sep 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-23 08:58:17-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A 79-year-old woman has been found after she disappeared during an evacuation due to a deadly fire at a senior home on Detroit's east side overnight Monday.

The fire was contained to one room at the St. Joseph's Manor senior home, located at Cadieux Road near Warren Street. A 78-year-old man died after the fire.

“It could have been a lot worse,” said Sgt. Ron Gibson with the Detroit Police Department, noting that management did a good job of evacuating the live-in residents quickly.

According to Detroit Fire Department Chief Dave Fornell, an 82-year-old woman and 66-year-old woman were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. Overall, 87 residents and three staff members were evacuated.

Eunice Pugh, who suffers from severe dementia, was lost during the evacuation from the fire. She was found shortly before 9 a.m.

A firefighter added that the structure helped keep the fire confined to a single room, because it's made mostly of brick and cement.

It is currently not known what the cause of the fire was. However, it will be up to the arson investigation team to determine that cause. The battalion chief that responded to the fire said that doesn't mean an arson is suspected, but that their team would help figure out what led to the fire.

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