Two young children died in a house fire early Monday in Constantine.
Michigan State Police report the fire, in the 14000 block of Timm Road in Constantine Township, was reported at 12:24 a.m. Monday. Police told WWMT a 4-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl died in the fire. A reported third child also was in the structure and survived.
By the time troopers arrived on the scene, the home was fully engulfed in flames. Reports show the structure was more of a shed than a home.
The cause of the fire has not been determined and investigators have worked through the night, along with local fire departments, at the scene.
St. Joseph County United Way has set up a donation fund to assist the family. Executive Director Kelly Hostetler said 100 percent of money raised will go to funeral expenses and gift cards for food and clothing. For more information on how to donate, call the United Way at (269) 467-9099 or donate through a link on the United Way’s Facebook Page, www.paypal/donate
Several area residents shared their thoughts and prayers for the family Monday.
One Constantine resident said it’s always a tragedy to lose a child.
“I feel for the parents,” he said. “I don’t know them. It’s not something I’ve had to deal with, but I feel for them.”
Many also reached out to the family through social media. Some comments from the Journal’s Facebook post: “This mama’s heart breaks for those affected. I can’t even imagine. Praying for all.” “So very devastating. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.” “How absolutely devastating. There are no words.”