Cause of house fire still undetermined

FORD RIVER TOWNSHIP — The cause of a fire that destroyed a single story home in Ford River Township last week remains unknown. Authorities said the origin of the blaze does not appear to be suspicious, however.

Ford River Township Volunteer Fire Department was called to dwelling shortly after 2 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

According to authorities, about 17 firefighters were dispatched from the Ford River department, as well as other local departments.

Firefighters fought the fire, which appeared to start in the attached garage, until almost 6 a.m. The home was a total loss.

Authorities said one woman owned and lived in the home. She was sleeping when the fire alarms within the house woke her up.

The woman was not injured and was able to leave the home without assistance.

The Ford River Township Volunteer Fire Department would not disclose the name of the woman or location of the home.

Authorities said the home was insured, but did not know the value of the house.

The only difficulty the firefighters faced while putting out the fire was a down power-line that was live until the city of Escanaba Electric Department disabled it.

The Ford River Township Volunteer Fire Department was assisted at the fire by Escanaba Public Safety Department, Delta County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, Ford River First Responders, American Red Cross, the city of Escanaba Electric Department, the Ford River Water System Supervisor, and DTE.