LAURIUM - A Laurium garage building was destroyed and several other homes nearby damaged in a fire Tuesday afternoon.
The blaze at 320 Osceola St. started about 2:30 p.m.
Laurium Fire Chief Dan Mukavetz said the fire is believed to have started near the front of the garage on the Osceola Street side. However, the cause is still unknown.
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The remains of the garage on Osceola Street in Laurium, which dated back to the 19th century.
"There's no electrical into the building. There's no gas into the building," Mukavetz said.
The fire damaged four houses near the garage, while embers also landed on a building on Hecla Street.
Firefighters contained the fire within 15 minutes.
Tim Lyons, owner of the building, thanked the departments for their quick response.
"I think the Laurium Fire Department saved four buildings with their efficient, prompt and professional response," he said.
Lyons said the building dates back to the 19th century, when it was used by baker Dominick Marta. It later housed Kentala's bakery.
"It's sad when you lose a piece of history like this," he said.
The Laurium Fire Department was assisted by Calumet and Calumet Township fire departments, Laurium Police Department and Mercy EMS.