(Photo by John Cook) Firefighters outside a home in Vassar Township Tuesday. The homeowner, Roy Giddings, perished during a blaze.

One dies in Vassar township fire

(Photo by John Cook) Firefighters outside a home in Vassar Township Tuesday. The homeowner, Roy Giddings, perished during a blaze.
(Photo by John Cook) Firefighters outside a home in Vassar Township Tuesday. The homeowner, Roy Giddings, perished during a blaze.

VASSAR TWP. — Firefighters responded Tuesday to a 3:33 p.m. blaze in Tuscola County’s Vassar Township, and a relative of the 61-year-old owner of the home reported the man died later that afternoon.

Vassar Township property records list Roy Giddings as owner of the residence at 5591 Scotch Rd., and Tom Giddings, Roy Giddings’ younger brother, told The Advertiser of his brother’s death. “All I know is (Roy Giddings) just passed,” Tom Giddings said just before 5 p.m., declining further comment in order to contact relatives.

Jerry Gamm, who said he lives a few doors away from Roy Giddings, said there was an explosion at Giddings’ home on Tuesday afternoon.

Vassar and Mayville firefighters were on scene south of Saginaw Road just southeast of Vassar. Reports indicated a man at the 5591 Scotch Rd. home was under a door and that firefighters couldn’t get inside the home initially to rescue him.

Reports further indicated the man wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, and medical responders were seen working on a man outside the Scotch Road residence about 4 p.m.

There were other reeports that one emergency responder was treated for burns received at the fire scene.

Tom Giddings was contacted at the home of a relative who lives on Scotch Road, near Roy Giddings.

Tom Gilchrist is a staff writer for The Advertiser and can be reached at gilchrist@tcadvertiser.com

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