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UPDATE: Body identified in fatal Ottawa County house fire

Investigators say the home was destroyed.

SPRING LAKE, Mich — UPDATE 2/2/2022, 1:08 p.m.: The Sheriff's Office has confirmed the identity of the remains found after a house fire in Ottawa County Tuesday morning.

Autopsy found that the remains were that of 87-year-old Gordon Chittenden. He was the sole resident of the home. 

Police say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

UPDATE 2/1/2022, 12:59 p.m.: The Sheriff's Office investigators are reporting that human remains of an individual have been recovered from the scene of the fire.  Investigators are working closely with the Ottawa County Medical Examiner's Office to positively identify the victim.

The investigation continues to determine the cause of the residential fire.


A man is feared dead after a fire destroyed a home in Crockery Township early Tuesday morning. 

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office says the fire started around 12:30 a.m. at a home in the 15700 block of 138th Avenue in Crockery Township.

By the time firefighters got to the home, it was fully engulfed in flames. They were able to get the fire knocked down but the home is considered a total loss. 

Investigators believe an 87-year-old man died in the fire. Efforts are now underway to find the man and determine the cause of the fire. 

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