Fire destroys apartment

David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK — An early-morning fire Friday forced the evacuation of an apartment building, but there were no injuries, according to firefighter Mark Dennis.

Dennis said the department received the call about the fire at 3:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived on the Anthony Street Apartments at 1510 Anthony St., the roof was engulfed in flames.

Dennis said there are eight apartments in the building, and all tenants got out safely before firefighters arrived.

Jennifer Donovan, Michigan Technological University director of marketing and media relations, said there were seven Tech students and a Tech faculty member and family residing there.

Some of the Tech students were taken to Wadsworth Hall, and the faculty member and the family were taken to Daniell Heights apartments, both of which are on Tech’s campus.

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Donovan said Tech’s Incident Command Team is meeting to determine and respond to the affected students and faculty member’s needs, and to determine how many students lived in the building.

Dennis said firefighters were on the scene until 7 a.m. Assisting was the Houghton Fire Department.

“We called them because of their ladder truck,” he said.

The fire was confined to the attic, Dennis said, but the cause hasn’t been determined yet.

“The fire marshal has been contacted,” he said.

It’s uncertain when the fire marshal will arrive, Dennis said.

Also on the scene were the Hancock and Houghton police departments, Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, and Mercy EMS. New Hancock Fire Chief Bill Lepisto was at the fire in his new position.