Lansing Mayor addresses fatal fire at LaRoy Froh Townhouses

Posted: 4:06 PM, Jun 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-06-11 20:06:48Z

Lansing Mayor Andy Schor held a media conference at City Hall to address issues surrounding the fatal fire at LaRoy Froh Townhouses on June 7.

The fire claimed the lives of a mother and her five-year-old son.

The LaRoy Froh Townhouses are city managed. Schor said on Monday that the apartments were not in compliance but were "deemed safe to live in."

He told FOX 47 that they were last inspected in 2016.

The Lansing Fire Department says they got the call at 4:27 a.m. and arrived at the LaRoy Froh Townhomes located at 2436 Reo Road by 4:30 a.m. to heavy smoke and fire conditions.

They said upon arrival there were two people located in the apartment upstairs. Firefighters confirmed to FOX 47 that a 43-year-old woman, Tarshrikia Beasley and her 5-year-old son, Elijah Brown were inside the apartment when the fire started. Their bodies were found on the second floor. Both of them were transported to Sparrow Hospital where they were pronounced dead.

They say the fire was confined to the kitchen, however there was heavy smoke and soot throughout the house. Firefighters confirmed with FOX 47 that windows and smoke detectors in the home were operational.

At the press conference it was reported that the apartment where the fire was contained, was not up to code, however, it had passed HUD but not a city inspection, so it was technically okay to live in.

News 10's Megan Hiler will have the complete story on FOX 47 at 10 PM.