Houghton calls in fire marshal

HOUGHTON – Police reported on Monday that the state fire marshal has been called in to investigate last Friday night’s fire, which occurred at an apartment building at 511 Shelden Avenue, according to a press release issued by the department.

Chief John Donnelly said nobody was injured and everyone was accounted for.

The fire was first reported at 9:10 p.m. on Friday. The cause of the blaze, which appeared to start in the rear of the building, is yet to be determined.

“Whenever there is a fire like this, the fire marshal is always called in,” Donnelly said.

As the fire is still under investigation, Donnelly could not offer further comment.

Employees at LB’s Chill & Grill, which is two buildings to the west of the apartment, said there had been little damage to the building. Staff at Book World, located on the east side of the damaged building, declined comment.

The Houghton Fire Department was assisted on the scene by Hancock, Hurontown and Stanton fire departments. The city was also assisted by the Michigan State Police, Houghton County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan Tech Public Safety and Police Department and the Hancock Police Department.

Mercy Ambulance was also on the scene as a precaution.