Blaze destroys camp

Firefighters work to contain a structure fire in on Old Kiln Road in Sands Township on Saturday afternoon. The blaze, which is believed to have started in a private camp spread over four acres before fire crews were able to contain it. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. (Journal photo by Lisa Bowers)


Journal Staff Writer

MARQUETTE — Fire crews from across Marquette County worked into the night Saturday to contain a 4-acre brush fire in Sands Township that destroyed a private camp on the property.

No injuries were reported.

The blaze, which is believed to have started in the camp on Old Kiln Road late Saturday afternoon, was classified as a surface fire, said Pete Glover, fire supervisor for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Gwinn Unit.

“It’s a leaf-litter fire,” Glover said, “It’s not a real destructive fire from an environmental standpoint, but certainly from a homeowner standpoint it can be devastating to them.”

The structure appeared to be a total loss.

The DNR fire and conservation units were assisted at the scene by the Sands Township Fire Department, the Chocolay Township Fire Department, the Marquette Township Fire Department and the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post.

Glover said officials expect to be monitoring the site for the next several days and will put out hotspots when and if they occur.

The official cause of the fire is unknown and is under investigation, Glover said.

Lisa Bowers can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 242. Her email address is lbowers@miningjournal.net.


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