Cause of Fatal Hamtramck Fire Still Unknown

Hamtramck Chief of Police Max Garbarino, fellow officers, and the Hamtramck Fire Department are still investigating the origin of a fire that started on the morning of February 17th on Yemens St. and resulted in four fatalities. With funeral arrangements looming in the coming days still the only known information is that the fire began somewhere towards the rear of the property, and that the home was not equipped with a fire/smoke detector. The deceased are named as follows: James Parker, wife Freddye Parker, and their children, James Jr., (11 years old) and Jarred (7 years old). Paul Wilk, the Hamtramck Fire Chief has not been available for comment. Both James Parker and his wife Freddye were integrated with many aspects of the Hamtramck community, including coaching football and cheerleading for teams associated with the Detroit Police Athletic League.