Grandmother Dies In Fire Attempting To Save 4-Year-Old Grandson

December 17, 2018 - 9:09 am

ROSEVILLE (WWJ) - A Roseville woman has died from injuries she sustained while attempting to save her 4-year-old grandson from a fire. 

According to authorities, the woman, who uses a wheelchair, did not survive the fire that broke out around 5 p.m. Sunday at the Macomb Manner apartment building near Gratiot and Masonic. 

Lachesha Cannon, who lives in the apartment complex, told The Macomb Daily she heard a child screaming "fire, fire" and looked outside to see flames coming from a first-floor unit. She says the grandmother, who used a wheelchair, was "crawling on the ground trying to push him outside."

Sharon Moore has lived in the apartment complex for years.

She tells WWJ's Charlie Langton that she was shocked at how fast the fire spread. 

"I almost want to go in tears because I was here and we just saw lights and came out ... then we saw a little boy and I don't know ... that was sad," she said.   

"It was a lot of smoke, a lot of smoke and people was running out. A lady had to run out with her kids  - it was bad."

Roseville Fire Department Battalion Chief Todd Adams said the woman succumbed to thick smoke. He says the boy was taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and was expected to recover.

Several other units in the apartment building were destroyed. 

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.