Press Release: Fatal Vehicle Fire

On Thursday 12-13-2012 at 5:51 PM, Lapeer City Fire and Rescue along with Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a vehicle fire on Davis Lake Road to the west of N. Lapeer Road in Lapeer (Mayfield Township). There was information that the driver was trapped within the vehicle. The vehicle was fully engulfed when emergency personnel arrived and confirmed to be occupied once the fire was extinguished.

Michael Clemens age 49 from Lapeer was traveling west on Davis Lake Road. Clemens was the driver and sole occupant of his 1997 Chevrolet Sport Van. Clemens was paraplegic and his vehicle was equipped with a wheel chair lift ramp mounted on the passenger side.

Clemens stopped his vehicle on the north roadway shoulder of Davis Lake Road. The vehicle was in park and wheel chair lift ramp was within the lowered position. A fire erupted within the vehicle and Clemens moved in the direction of his wheel chair located behind the driver’s seat.

A passing motorist (19 year old male from Lapeer) stopped to render aid. The motorist
unsuccessful attempted to free Clemens from the vehicle before it was consumed by fire. The motorist sustained burns to both wrist and declined the offered medical treatment at the scene.

The investigation is on-going to determine the cause and origin of the fire. The incident
remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office.