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Police probe cause of fire in Manistique

Blaze extensively damages home

August 20, 2012
Daily Press

MANISTIQUE - Investigation continues into a fire which extensively damaged a Manistique home early Saturday. No one was home at the time of the blaze except for a family pet which died in the fire.

Manistique Public Safety and volunteer firefighters were dispatched to the report of a fully-involved structure fire at 615 Park Ave. at 2:29 a.m., stated Public Safety Director Ken Golat in a news release.

"Upon arriving at the scene, officers found the attached garage to the home was engulfed in flames and a power line serving the home was down, arcing high voltage electricity across a vehicle which was parked in the driveway," stated Golat.

Firefighters encircled the home with hose lines and eliminated the electric hazard, controlling the blaze within 15 minutes, he explained. The structure remains intact but suffered heavy smoke and fire damage, making both the home and garage a total loss.

No one was inside the home when the fire broke out. The residence is owned by Connie Zellar of Manistique, who said the property is insured. Her son, Brad Zellar, resides there. His dog died in the fire, according to the news release.

No one was injured while fighting the blaze, said Golat. Firefighters left the scene at 4:30 a.m. The cause and origin of the fire remains under investigation.

In Escanaba, a minor electrical fire was reported at an apartment on 8th Avenue South early today, according to Escanaba Public Safety which responded to the 2 a.m. emergency. The fire was put out with an extinguisher from a neighboring apartment, said police.



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