Authorities say a third body has been recovered in the wreckage of a fire in downtown Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula.
Public Safety Director Greg Klecker tells WLUC-TV that he’s not aware of any more missing people. At least three people were injured in the fire, which badly damaged or destroyed two buildings early Wednesday.
No names have been released. One of the buildings had apartments on two floors. Klecker says the fire is considered suspicious until investigators can learn more about the cause.
Ironwood is in the western Upper Peninsula in Gogebic County, 18 miles south of Lake Superior.
A joint team of firefighters from Midland and Saginaw dangled from the rafters at the Dow Event Center Thursday, sharpening their rappelling skills as part of a weeklong technical rescue training.
The 10-man team trained with two instructors from the Michigan Urban Search And Rescue Training Foundation, simulating a rescue of a dangling worker and switching lines to bypass knots in the rope.
Firefighters rappel over Dow Event Center hockey rink for rescue training
"A lot of what we're doing is about building confidence," said Joaquin Martinez, an instructor with the foundation, "For some of these fellas, it's their first rope class. It's important to be secure and confident in your equipment."
In addition to braving heights and rigging harnesses, firefighters practiced basic rope maneuvers, most of which required them to lift their full body weight multiple times.
Three tractors and a barn were destroyed by flames after the barn on Fosdick Street, east of O'Keefe Street, caught fire Friday morning.
According to the Wayne Township Assistant Fire Chief, crews were called out to the scene around 4 a.m. to find the structure fully engulfed in flames.
He said it only took about 15 minutes for the barn to collapse.
There were no animals inside the barn. However, three tractors were destroyed.
The owner said a new roof was just installed, too.
Fire officials say they may not be able to determine the cause of the fire due to the age of the building.
“I’m guessing 20... 25 people in homes right now. Some of them still don’t want to leave.” James Jonatzke, the Fire Chief with Royalton Twp. Fire Dept.
The U.S. Coast Guard and first responders continue to battle rising river levels in a Royalton Township neighborhood. A mandatory evacuation went into effect Thursday for hundreds of homeowners along the river after flooding reached as high as fences in some areas, but it wasn’t like this Wednesday afternoon.
“So we spent all yesterday afternoon going house to house and I think we had about 50% of the people leave and 50% of the people stayed. And that was in water, we were standing in water yesterday,” said Jonatzke.
Some of those homeowners who stayed back, woke up around 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning to those high level floods. The Royalton Township Fire Department responded to a call after higher levels of flooding had homeowners living near the St. Joseph River trapped inside their homes.
Fire officials continue to explore the cause of a fire that destroyed a half-million-dollar home on Bear Lake earlier this week.
Flames were shooting out the roof of the home on Westwind Court when firefighters arrived on the scene, said Muskegon Township Fire Chief Dave Glotzbach. A neighbor had called in the fire around 10 p.m. Feb. 20, he said.
The family that lives in the home in the 1500 block was not home at the time. Laketon Township has the value of the home, which was a total loss, listed as $508,000, Glotzbach said.
About 25 firefighters battled the blaze that began on the second story, Glotzbach said.