|Birth: ||Aug. 22, 1928|
|Death: ||Feb. 5, 1986|
BEAVERTON WOMAN DIES IN MOBILE HOME FIRE
A 57-year-old Beaverton woman lost her life in a fire that swept throught her mobile home in the city of Beaverton last Wednesday afternoon. Marilyn June Pike, who lived on Lot 65 in the Lakeview Village Tailer Park at 385 W. Brown St., was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities said she was overcome by smoke and an autospy report showed she died of smoke inhalation.
Authorities said Mrs. Pike was home alone at the time of the fire. Her husband, Arden "Red" Pike, a partime barber in Beaverton, was at work. "From all indicationgs, it appears the fire was accidental," said Detective Brad Lower of the Sheriff's Department. "It's a real tragedy."
Officials said the fire began in the livingroom area about 1:30 p.m. The manager of the trailer park, Douglas Baker, and two others who were living nearby, weret the first to arrive at the scene. They attempted to enter the mobile home, but were driven back by the smoke and flames. When firemen from the Beaverton Area Fire Department arrived, flames were shooting out of the livingroom window and the trailer was totally engulfed, said fire chief Don Schaffer.
Firemen believe Mrs. Pike was on the couch and was awakened by the smoke alarm in the home. From evidence at the scene, she apparently was trying to fill a pan of water in the sink to extinguish the flames. "We found the sauce pan in the sink and the cold water turned on." Schaffer said, "From the location where she was found and the amount of smoke she inhaled, we speculated she was trying to put the fire out."
Detective Sgt. Jim Bush of the State Fire Marshall Division in Saginaw, was called in to investigate. Also assisting at the scene were the Gladwin State Police, Beaverton City Police and the Gladwin Emergency Medical Services of Midland Hospital.
Investigators believe the fire originated in or behind the couch in the livingroom, but the cause has not been determined. The fire remains under investigation by the state fire marshall. Investigators were at the scene for more than 10 hours. The trailer and its contents were a total loss and there is some insurance, firemen said. The Pikes had lived in the mobile home about 8 years, Schaffer said.
This is the first fire fatality in the county since four Beaverton brothers lost their lives when fire swept throught their Beaverton Township home March 16, 1984. Mrs. Pike's obituary is one page 2 of this section.
Gladwin County Record dated 2-12/1986 Column - 1 Page - 1
June Pike, 57, of 385 W. Brown St., Beaverton, died suddenly in a house fire Wednesday, Feb. 5. Born in Saginaw Aug. 22, 1928, she had spent most of her life in Gladwin County. She was a member of the Beaverton O.E.S. No. 386 and a charter member of the Gladwin F.O.R. Auxiliary 3292. The former June Stock Chichester, she was married to Arden (Red) Pike in 1965 in Beaverton.
Besides her husband, she is survived by one son, David Chicester of Midland; one daughter, Mrs. Art (Penny) Stoike Jr. of Beaverton; 2 step-sons, Douglas Pike of New Lothrup and Gary Pike of Millington; 2 sisters, Mrs. Jean Smith and Mrs. Billie Tarzwell of Beaverton; and 8 grandchildren.
Services were held Friday at 1 p.m. from the Hall Funeral Home, Gladwin Chapel. The Rev. Aeron Davies officiated and burial was in the Highland Cemetery. Gladwin County Record dated 02-12/1986 Column - 4 Page - 2
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