Man dies in Hayes Twp. Clarence Ave. house fire

The home on East Clarence Road was completely destroyed by the fire.

The home on East Clarence Road was completely destroyed by the fire.

By Pat Maurer
Correspondent

It was the second death due to a house fire in less than a month in Harrison.

A Hayes Township man died in a home at 171 East Clarence Avenue that was completely destroyed by a fire last Friday.
A Hamilton Township man died in a house fire less than three weeks earlier on November 29.

Family and friends reported that Craig Goldsworthy died in a fire that consumed his home last Friday night.

Family and friends reported that Craig Goldsworthy died in a fire that consumed his home last Friday night.

A press release from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department also did not release the Hayes Township man’s name, saying they are waiting for autopsy results to confirm his identity.
A report from 9 & 10 news said “friends and family say Craig Goldsworthy was in the home…”

The fire was reported December 19 around 11:19 p.m. When the Harrison Fire Department arrived on the scene they found the home completely engulfed in flames. “There was no way to get inside to rescue anyone,” firemen said. They found the man’s body inside the rubble of the residence once the fire was extinguished.

The cause of the fire is not known. A State Police Fire Investigator was called in to investigate.
Harrison was assisted at the scene by Clare and Lincoln Township Fire Departments, the Clare County Sheriff’s Department, State Police Investigators and Mobile Medical Response Ambulance Service.

The fire department personnel were on the scene for five hours, according to Sheriff John Wilson.

It was the second time in just 20 days that a man died in a Harrison area house fire. On Saturday, November 29 Tom Galford died in a fire while visiting his Mother’s home on Trout Avenue near the Clare-Gladwin County line. Galford’s wife and his mother escaped that fire.

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