Community mourns pregnant woman, child who died in fire

December 7, 2018
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Firefighters work the scene of a fatal house fire in White Pigeon, Mich., on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (Joel Bissell/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)

WHITE PIGEON, Mich. (AP) — A southwestern Michigan community is mourning a pregnant woman and a 7-year-old boy who died in a fire that gutted a house where 11 people lived .

The Kalamazoo County medical examiner’s office confirmed Friday that the victims were 35-year-old Jessica Gould and Lonnie Ray Bingaman.

Caryle Hansen, who was at work at the time of the fire, said in a message to MLive.com her son Lonnie was a “beautiful angel.” He was a first-grader in the White Pigeon school district.

The cause of Tuesday’s fire in White Pigeon, a small community about 140 miles (225 kilometers) west of Detroit, was under investigation and electrical issues were a possibility.

The victims were found on the second floor. Nine others, mostly children, got out. Seven were taken to a hospital for evaluation.

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