Monroe Township, MI House Fire, Mar 1977

16 March 1977 at 135601 LaPlaisance Road Melissa Kern age 1 and 1/2 years old lost here live in a house fire. Investigation found the child was playing with matches in the 8 am fire. Mother 20 years Barbara Kern and Therease Kern escaped the fire after the mother was awoke when Melissa started crying. Barbara attempted to rescue Melissa from her crib but was beaten back by fire.. Neighbor Charles Ouire and a friend Wayne Grant attempted to rescue the child but too were not able. Monroe Town Fire Fighter Larry Merkle made two rescue attempts.