Clipped From The Holland Evening Sentinel
as In Home Fire MERRITT (UPI)--Seven chil- the kitchen to a nearby dren died early today in a fire that swept home near their this two-family Missaukee County community northwest of Houghton Lake. The mothers and two other children escaped. Police said Mrs. Vicki Hall, 34, and Mrs. Dawn Snyder, 34, were sleeping in an upstairs bedroom with Mrs. Hall's infant daughter Patricia, four months, when the fire broke out sometime before 2 a.m. The smoke and flames quickly .spread through "the house, waking the two women, who frantically tried to reach the other children, police said. Mrs. Hall, with the infant in her arms, grabbed her son, Mike, 2, and ran downstairs through the flames. But Mike broke from her grasp and ran into the kitchen. The fire sealed off the doorway, forcing Mrs. Hall away from which she leaped through. Mrs. Snyder and her eldest son, Louis, 13, escaped through upstairs windows. But killed in the fire Danny, Susan, Rex and Fern Snyder, aged 5 to 12, and of Mrs. Hall's children, 6, Tammy, 4, and Mike. Mrs. Hall and the infant were admitted to a Cadillac hospital for treatment of burns. The extent of their injuries was not immediately known. Mrs. Snyder and Louis treated and released. Mrs. Snyder's husband, Norman, was employed by the Hewitt Moving and Storage of Cadillac and was driving furniture van to Ohio when tragedy occurred. Mrs. Hall was separated her husband, police said. The cause of the fire was immediately determined.