I know it's a huge long shot that you'll get this message, as your post dates back 11 years. I recently ran across a newspaper article reprinted in the "Jackson Citizen Patriot" on November 7, 1865. It states:
"A most appalling accident occurred in the township of Holmes (sic. Homer), Midland County, on the night of the 1st. The house of Elias Truax, took fire and burned to the ground, consuming him in the flames. The wife of the unfortunate man, and four of his children, were in the house when the fire took place, but all were saved. On beholding the flames, the parents, who were both in bed, rushed frantically for their children, and carried them safely outside the house, after which the father went into the burning building to save some furniture, when the roof fell in, burying him beneath the ruins. The mother, while attempting to rescue her husband, was severely, though it is not thought dangerously burned." -Detroit Tribune
If you haven't discovered this information already, I hope it helps you in your search.