Official: Electrical issue cause of frat fire

HOUGHTON — Suspicious activity has been ruled out in the June 3 fire at the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house in Houghton, Police Chief John Donnelly said.

“It’s probably going to get more investigated by the insurance companies now, because we don’t see anything malicious or criminal,” he said.

Donnelly said the fire is believed to have started because of an electrical issue. Fraternity members said the fire started in a wall on the third floor.

Firefighters were on scene for several hours at the fire, which started shortly before 4:30 a.m. June 3.

Five students were staying at the Michigan Technological University fraternity house at the time of the fire; none were injured. Fourteen students were slated to stay at the house this fall.

Lambda Chi Alpha established a GoFundMe page at gofundme.com/f/lambda-chi-alpha-at-michigan-tech to raise money for members who were displaced by the fire.

The page has raised more than $25,000 as of Friday.


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