NEGAUNEE - The Pigs-N-Heat Fire Relief Fund is helping a Negaunee family with basic necessities and a temporary place to stay after their house caught fire Feb. 1.
The Pigs-N-Heat fund covered the cost of three nights lodging in a hotel and gave the family $400 in additional assistance, according to Pigs-N-Heat secretary Barb Grutt. Grutt said officials in charge of disbursing the funds after an event like Saturday's fire are notified by the local fire department. They then provide financial assistance to the displaced family, and in turn also notify the Red Cross, which has its own relief efforts.
For the family at 413 New Buffalo Road, tragedy struck just after 10 on Saturday night. The family was sleeping inside at the time of the fire, but was alerted by smoke detectors and was able to get out unharmed.
The Negaunee City Fire Department responded to the fire, fighting the flames for four hours. The home suffered heavy heat and smoke damage and is believed to be a total loss.
The fire department returned to the house shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday - after a neighbor reported that the fire had rekindled - and spent three more hours tending to hot spots, making sure the fire was fully extinguished.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The fire department was assisted at the scene by Negaunee and Ishpeming township fire departments, Marquette County Rescue Unit 131 and Negaunee police.
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