November 28, 2023


THREE OAKS — A resident of Oakview Estates in Three Oaks was seriously injured in an early morning fire on Friday, May 16.

Three Oaks Fire Chief Dave Flick said the call from Lot 75 came in at 4:46 a.m., initially as an alarm signal. The first responders to arrive saw it was a structure fire.

Rescued from the smoke-filled home was Dr. Chase Atwood, who Flick said was found near a door in his wheelchair.

Initially Atwood wasn’t moving, but Flick said he soon began attempting to breathe.

“We bagged him, got him going. His pulse and his heartbeat started coming back. Three Oaks Ambulance transported him immediately to Lakeland Hospital in Niles, and from there he was transported to Bronson (in Kalamazoo) by ambulance,” Flick said.

Atwood suffered some second-degree burns on his arms and to a lesser extent on his face, but Flick said the most serious affects of the fire involved smoke inhalation.

As of midday Friday, Flick said Atwood was listed in critical condition at Bronson Hospital.

Flick said the home had six working smoke detectors inside.

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