UPDATE: names released in fatal fire

Update: December 27, 7:11 p.m.

The Menominee County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of those involved a fatal fire in Harris Township.

The boy who died due to smoke inhalation has been identified as Nelson Charles Williams.

Duaine Daniel Williams, 35, was taken to the hospital and treated for cuts sustained while trying to get his family out of the burning home.  His wife, Dawn Marie Williams, 34, and their daughter and Nelson’s twin sister, Hailey Marie Williams, 8, were also taken to the hospital and treated for smoke inhalation.

All three were released from the hospital.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


An early morning fire in Menominee County has claimed the life an 8-year-old boy.

According to the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office, firefighters were called out to the scene just after 1 a.m. after receiving reports of boy trapped inside a fully engulfed trailer home on County Road 551, one mile north of U.S. 2/41.

Four occupants were asleep in the mobile home at the time of the fire, but only three were able to escape safely. Harris Township firefighters were able to locate the missing boy inside the trailer, but attempts to revive him through CPR were unsuccessful. Rampart EMS transported the child to St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba where he died shortly after.

According to the Medical Examiner, the preliminary cause of death is believed to be the result of smoke inhalation. The boy’s mother and sister were also treated for smoke inhalation. Their status is unknown at this time.

The boy’s father was also transported to St. Francis where he was treated for cuts he received while attempting to get his family out of the burning trailer.

The Menominee County Sheriff’s Department Detective is currently investigating the cause of the fire with a State Fire Investigator from Gaylord.

Names of the victim and family members are being withheld at this time, until the rest of the family has been notified.

Officers from the Hannahville Police Department, the Gourley Township Fire Department, the Bark River Township Fire Department, the Spalding Township Fire Department, and the Menominee County Victim Services Unit all assisted at the scene.