Still no cause determined in fatal fire

MARQUETTE — The cause of a fatal residential fire where two people were found dead inside a Marquette home Monday evening is still under investigation, officials said today.

Krista Urbanc, 22, of Norway, and Zachary Johnson, 23, of Marquette, were found inside the home at 1026 Lincoln Ave. after emergency crews responded to a fire at the residence around 11:35 p.m., according to the Marquette Police Department.

An administrative warrant was obtained Tuesday to investigate the structure.

The cause of fire and death is still under investigation, Michigan State Police Fire Investigator Dale Hillier confirmed today.

“I’m a resource for the Marquette city police. Any information I have I give to the police department,” he said. “Right now everything is still being investigated.”

Marquette police said no new information is been released at this time, stating that investigations can take weeks to be completed.

The city website lists the structure as a rental owned by Michael and Lynn Johnson.

The structure was inspected and determined to be in compliance with city ordinances in October 2016, according to the website.

However, the website also shows that an initial structure inspection occurred in September 2016 and that the home only partially complied with ordinances. It is unclear why the inspection didn’t pass.

The Mining Journal contacted officials regarding the home inspection but did not hear back before press time.

Jaymie Depew can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is jdepew@miningjournal.net.