MARQUETTE - A presumed electrical fire in an attic caused $75,000 to $100,000 in damage to a home along Lakewood Lane in Chocolay Township early Friday.
The blaze was reported at 5:45 a.m. at the home at 366 Lakewood Lane. Chocolay Township Fire Chief Gary Johnson said when fire crews arrived flames were shooting through the roof near the center of the residence.
A total of 32 firefighters from the Chocolay, Sands and Marquette townships fire departments were on the scene. Johnson said fire crews were able to gain entry to the attic area and contain the fire in about 20 minutes.
There were three occupants of the home who all got out safely and then called 911. Johnson said the attic, above the kitchen and dining room, sustained fire damage. The kitchen and dining area were damaged by smoke and water and the rest of the residence sustained smoke damage.
Johnson said the home incurred an estimated $75,000 to $100,000 damage.
He said the cause of the fire will officially be ruled accidental, unknown. However, Johnson said the likely cause was electrical.
Johnson said the residents would not currently be able to return to the home, but they have family in the local area they planned to stay with. The family declined Pigs-n-Heat Fire Relief Fund assistance, he said.
Marquette General Hospital EMS, the Semco Energy Gas Co. and the Marquette Board of Light and Power assisted at the scene.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.