Fire north of Alpena Shuts Down U.S. 23


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ALPENA COUNTY, MI – A fire completely destroyed several items about nine miles north of Alpena Sunday afternoon.

The fire was reported at 2:20 p.m. on May 22nd, 2016, by someone who was passing by on U.S. 23. Shortly after the initial call to 911 Central Dispatch, several others called in the report the situation.

An individual who was rerouted around the fire stated that it started in the Sunrise Estates mobile home park located on U.S. 23 North near Grand Lake Road and across from the Hide Away Bar.

Upon arrival firefighters found a single-wide mobile home fully engulfed in flames. Michigan State Police say their initial investigation shows a 66-year-old man was welding in an enclosed porch when it caught fire and spread to nearby cars and woods.

One of the firefighters commented that three vehicles, two garages and one mobile home were completely destroyed by the flames.  Another mobile home was also damaged from the fire.

MDOT sent out a message at 2:45 p.m. that NB US-23 at Grand Lake Rd was closed due to a roadside fire in Alpena County.  Long Lake Road was also affected.

By 3:00 p.m traffic was rerouted onto Grand Lake Road for both north and south bound traffic from U.S. 23.

The resident of the mobile home was transported to MidMichigan Health Center in Alpena with what EMS described as 2nd and 3rd degree burns. He was later airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Saginaw for treatment of his injuries.  His condition is unknown at this time.

It is believed the resident tried to save a pet inside of the home, but became unconscious from the smoke and was severely burned. The Alpena Township Fire Department stated that a neighbor rescued the man from his burning home.

As the fire continued to burn, further resources were being called in to help combat the flames.  Shortly before 3:00 p.m., fire command stated that the fire was burning further into the woods.

The local gas utility was called in to shut down gas lines to the area of the mobile home park that was burning.  The fire was hot enough that it burned the gas meter off of its foundation at the site of the residence that was on fire.

At 3:19 p.m. DNR fire units arrived on scene to assist.  Fire command by that time had the flames under control but there were still hot spots that they are working to put out.

At 4:20 p.m. two women, one 33-years-old and the other 35-years-old, who are residents in the mobile home community, were being checked by Emergency Response for smoke inhalation near the Hide-Away-Bar.

At 4:23 p.m. command stated that the fire was out and that mop up was taking place.

U.S. 23 north and southbound traffic reopened at 6:00 p.m.

Michigan State Police, City of Alpena Fire Department, Presque Isle Fire Department, Salvation Army, Maple Ridge Fire Department, East Grand Lake Fire Department, Alpena Township Fire, Alpena Power Company and DTE Energy personnel assisted at the scene.

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