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Posted on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 6:07 p.m.

Chelsea man dies en route to daughter's burning Waterloo Township farm

By John Counts


Firefighters work to extinguish a fire that destroyed a barn on Thursday afternoon on Harvey Road in Waterloo Township.

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Brian Koch was heading to his daughter's Waterloo Township farm Thursday where a barn-destroying fire was raging when he had a heart attack and crashed his vehicle, MLive reports.

The 55-year-old Chelsea man later died.

Koch was less than four miles from the fire, reported about 12:30 p.m. at 14640 Harvey Road in Waterloo Township, according to MLive. A fire truck en route to the fire was diverted to the accident at Cavanaugh Lake and Pierce roads just west of Chelsea in Sylvan Township.

Koch was taken to the University of Michigan Hospital, where he died.

The fire destroyed the barn and officials said 14-16 sheep are believed to have perished inside.

Funeral arrangements for Koch are pending through Chelsea's Staffan-Mitchell Funeral Home.

Read the MLive story.

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Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 3:24 a.m.

Sending prayers to the Koch family.


Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 3:18 a.m.

My sincere condolences for the affected family members and friends during this difficult time and tragic event.


Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 3:06 a.m.

I would like to say once again that sometimes life is a cruel cruel mistress that loathes to kick you while you're down....


Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 6:01 p.m.

@Billy Yes, we know. Life happens. But there's a time and a place to make statements like that. This isn't it.

Jack Gladney

Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 2:30 p.m.

I resemble that remark. A stitch of thyme saves mine.

Elaine F. Owsley

Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 1:41 p.m.

I think you meant "loves" to kick you when you're down.


Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 12:22 p.m.

To loathe is to hate.


Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 2:53 a.m.

Prayers to the Koch family.

Linda Peck

Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 1:38 a.m.

I am so sorry for the Koch family to bear this. Blessings and prayers for their well being, each and every one.


Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 12:14 a.m.

Such a sad turn of events. My prayers to the Koch family.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 11:50 p.m.

Condolences to the Koch family, what a tragedy.