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Investigators: Heater caused deadly fire

UPDATE 9 p.m. Wednesday (WZZM)- Ottawa County investigators say a propane heater is to blame for a deadly fire in Grand Haven Township.  Jason Arnold, 38, died from smoke inhalation during Saturday's fire on Buchanan Street.

Relatives say the Manton native was sleeping in the burning trailer.

Investigators say the fire was caused by a propane heater which came in contact with flammable materials inside the trailer.

Arnold leaves behind a fiancee and a young daughter.


UPDATE (11:00 P.M. SATURDAY)-Family members say the man who died in a trailer fire Saturday is Jason Quincy Arnold.

The fire started shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday on Buchanan Street in Grand Haven Township.

A relative says Quincy was sleeping in the trailer with a propane heater on when the fire started. By the time firefighters arrived, the trailer was fully engulfed in flames.

Quincy leaves behind a fiancée and a young daughter.

"He liked to camp and hunt and fish. He loved his daughter very much, " says John Johnston, who would've been Quincy's father-in-law. "He was a great guy, fun to be around. He was always joking and laughing."

Investigators are still trying to determine the exact cause of the fire.


GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WZZM)-- Grand Haven Township investigators are trying to determine what killed a man whose body was found in a burned out trailer.

Ottawa County sheriff's deputies responded to the fire in the 15000 block of Buchanan just after 7 a.m. Saturday.  When they arrived, the traveling trailer was engulfed in flames. 

After firefighters put out the flames, they found the body of a man inside the trailer.  Deputies say the man was in his late thirties, but they're withholding his name while they contact his family. 

An autopsy is pending.