Benjamen “Ben” Lauren, Firefighter

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On Friday, March 13, 2020, at approximately 2130hrs, Firefighter Benjamen “Ben” Lauren and Forsyth Township Fire Department personnel arrived at the scene of a fire in a duplex.  While working the interior of the structure, part of the floor collapsed and Lauren became trapped between the first and basement floors.  He was pronounced deceased at the scene.  An investigation into the cause of the fire is under investigation.

Department information

Forsyth Township Fire Department
47 N Johnson Lake Road
PO Box 1360
Gwinn, Michigan 49841

Chief: Jason Stansky

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

Age: 23
Rank: Firefighter
Classification: Volunteer
Incident date: March 13, 2020 21:30
Date of death: March 13, 2020
Cause of death: Collapse
Nature of death: Trauma
Activity type: Advance Hose Lines/Fire Attack (includes Wildland)
Emergency duty: Yes
Duty type: On-Scene Fire
Fixed property use: Residential