Apartment fire claims life in Iron Mountain

IRON MOUNTAIN — A 46-year-old woman died late Friday in a fire that swept through an Iron Mountain apartment building.

The Iron Mountain Fire Department was called out at 10:53 p.m. to 630 E. H St., a 10-unit building at the corner of Jackson and E streets, said Ed Mattson, director of Iron Mountain police and fire services.

“Immediately upon arrival, the Iron Mountain Fire Department started an aggressive offensive attack in an attempt to suppress the fire as well as rescue possible trapped victims,” Mattson states in a news release posted Saturday on the IMFD Facebook page.

Crews from Kingsford, Norway, Breitung Township, Sagola Township and Aurora, Wis., responded as well.

It took more than an hour for firefighters to knock down the blaze enough to safely enter the building. They found the body after a short search.

Several other building tenants had injuries that were not considered life threatening, Mattson said in the news release.

The building is believed to be a total loss, Mattson said.

Mattson thanked the Midtown Quick Lube, 1123 S. Stephenson Ave., for opening the business as a staging area for the American Red Cross to aid displaced residents.

He did not know how many people lived in the building. One unit reportedly was vacant.

The Michigan State Police Fire Investigator was at the site assisting Iron Mountain police and fire in looking for a cause.


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