Woman Charged with Child Abuse following Fatal House Fire

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EASTPOINTE, MI – Brendon Mahone, 9-years-old, his brother, Cameron Zyher Swain, 8-years-old and their cousin, 4-year-old Madison Swain were found by firefighters all dead from a house fire on Juliana Avenue on Saturday March 10th, 2018.  A 28-year-old woman has been charged with child abuse following that fatal fire.Amber Renee Swain

Amber Renee Swain is charged with three counts of second-degree child abuse. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of up to 10 years in prison. She is being held on $25,000 bail.

In the early morning hours of March 10th, 2018, Eastpointe Fire along with neighboring communities responded to a house fire with a report of possibly 5 children trapped inside of the home on Juliana Avenue .

Upon arrival they were met with thick heavy smoke conditions. Unable to gain access through the door due to extreme heat and smoke conditions, the decision was made to gain entry through an outside window.

An Eastpointe Lieutenant and Firefighter entered through the bedroom window where they believed and had information that the children could possibly be while other firefighters and a Sergeant waited outside the window to assist with victim removal.

After a quick search, conditions rapidly deteriorated. Both the Lieutenant and firefighter had to jump back through the window, landing on the driveway just before the room was engulfed in flames. Following that rescue attempt, an additional attempt was made to enter through the front door but the fire crew was stopped by a large hole felt in the floor and had to exit due to excessive heat conditions.

At that time, with heavy fire and smoke conditions showing on the first and second floors, the decision was made to extinguish the fire from the outside. Eastpointe Fire personnel were extremely aggressive in their attempt to rescue the children trapped inside, but sadly due to fire and heavy smoke conditions it was an unobtainable goal.

Assisting were Eastpointe Fire Firefighters were St. Clair Shores Firefighters and Fire Marshal, Roseville Firefighters, Fire Marshal, and Fire Inspector, Warren Firefighters, Eastpointe, Roseville, and St. Clair Shores Police, the ATF, Michigan State Police, Detroit Arson and K9.