2010-09-16 / News Briefs

Women’s death ‘suspicious’

RICH TWP. — Officials continue to investigate the death of Michelle M. Molina, 41.

North Branch firefighters, with help from Burlington and Deerfield townships found Molina’s lifeless body near what had been the front door of her older modular home, after the home on Graves Road became a “ball of fire,”said North Branch Fire Chief Ken Jentzen.

Michigan State Police Det./Sgt. Mark Reaves said the Rich Township woman’s death was “suspicious.”

According to reports, Central Dispatch received a call at 12:15 a.m. from someone saying the home on the 9000 block of Graves was on fire. Jentzen said when his first crew arrived, three-quarters of the 1,200- square-foot house was on fire. “We saved two bedroom walls,” he said.

Jentzen said about 30 firefighters from the three departments were at the scene until about 4:30-5 a.m. He said it’s been more than five years since the North Branch Township Fire Dept. has worked a fatal fire.

Reaves, who was at the Graves Road home all day Monday investigating the fire, said the woman had been “having problems” with her boyfriend, but he added, he was “not sure,” if there had been a history of domestic violence.

Reaves said the woman’s family has been notified and his investigation continues. He added State Police Fire Marshal investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.

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