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Portage Twp. structure fire injures 1

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — A tenant was injured in a structure fire in Portage Township Tuesday.

Hurontown Fire and Rescue Department handled the fire, which was called in at about 7:45 a.m., the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department said in a release. The fire was located on 48368 Jefferson Street.

The fire was determined to have been accidentally started in an upstairs bedroom when a hand-held propane torch was lit and spewed out a large flame. The tenant dropped it, igniting the carpeting and surrounding flammable items. Using a garden hose, the tenant was able to extinguish most of the fire.

The tenant suffered some smoke inhalation and burns to his right hand and forearm. A downstairs living room also received water damage.

Other tenants safely left the residence.

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