MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon woman has died while trying to escape a fast moving house fire early Friday morning.
Flames were first reported around 4:45 a.m. at a house in the 200 block of Myrtle Street. Firefighters say flames were shooting through the roof when they arrived on the scene.
There were four people inside the house, and at least two escaped by jumping from a second-story window. But 42-year-old Vatina Smith died in the fire. Ken Chudy of the Muskegon Fire Dept. tells WZZM 13 News crews tried to rescue the woman, but could not because of the intense flames.
Joyce Yeaw, a friend of Smith says the three people who escaped the fire thought she was behind them. She believes the Smith fell and was overcome by smoke.
The two people who jumped to safety and another person inside were taken to the hospital, but are expected to survive.