Emergency crews battle house fire in Chocolay Township

MARQUETTE – Emergency personnel responded to a structure fire just before 1 p.m. today within the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community housing area in Chocolay Township.

According to Lt. Brad Johnson of the Chocolay Township Fire Department, the residential home, located at the intersection of Acorn Trail and Keweenaw Trail, sustained heavy fire, smoke and water damage and was considered to be a total loss.

Three pets – a dog and two cats – died in the blaze, he said.

Assisting on the scene were the Chocolay Township Fire Rescue, Marquette Township Fire Department, Onota Township Volunteer Fire Department, Sands Township EMS, Skandia-West Branch Fire Department, Chocolay Township Police Department and the KBIC Tribal Police.

Johnson said the fire was extinguished about 10 minutes after emergency crews arrived on the scene.

The cause of the fire is unknown and under investigation. He said the Michigan State Police Fire Marshal would likely assess the scene to determine the cause within the next few days.