ORLEANS TOWNSHIP, MI – On Saturday, March 14, 2015 ,at approximately 12:05am Ionia County Central Dispatch received a call referencing a residential house fire in the 8400 block of Canfield Rd in Orleans Township.
The caller observed a fire near the chimney of a neighboring residence. A short time later Ionia County Central Dispatch received a phone call from the homeowner Charles Ring, 78-years-old, where the fire was located.
Upon arrival of Orleans Fire department they made entry into the residence where they discovered the body of the homeowner by the door. Mr. Ring was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The cause of the fire is currently unknown, but it’s not considered suspicious at this time. The incident remains under investigation by the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office.
Assisting agencies: Ionia County Central Dispatch, Michigan State Police Fire Marshall, Orleans Fire Department, Belding Fire Department. Life ambulance, Consumers energy, Lakes Funeral Home and Ionia County Victim Advocates