Passerby reports fire

Quick response saves house in South Range

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Firefighters from South Range and Adams Township fire departments respond to a house fire in South Range Wednesday night. There were no injuries in the fire, which resulted in smoke damage to the house.

SOUTH RANGE — A fire at a South Range house Wednesday night caused extensive smoke damage, but is not expected to result in the loss of the building.

A passerby spotted the fire at the intersection of Trimountain and Globe avenues about 7:20 p.m., and notified the department. Members were at the hall on Trimountain, and were able to respond immediately, said Fire Chief Mike Balma.

“It was a well-attacked effort from the volunteer fire department,” Balma said. “We got here right away and knocked it down, and the structure’s still standing.”

Balma said damage to the house should be able to be repaired.

Nobody was injured in the fire. The residents had not been home at the time of the fire, Balma said.

The cause of the fire was unknown Wednesday, but it is not believed to be suspicious, Balma said.

High winds Wednesday did not cause complications, Balma said. However, departments were kept on scene longer due to it being an old house, with “walls built on walls,” he said.

South Range and Adams Township fire departments responded to the scene, along with Mercy EMS and Upper Peninsula Power Co.

Departments began clearing the scene shortly after 9 p.m.


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