Cause of Houghton apartment fire probed
HOUGHTON – No one was injured during a fire early Friday morning at the Daniell Heights apartments on the campus of Michigan Technological University.
The fire began in a storage shed and spread to the nearby apartment building at 2006 Woodmar Drive. A resident reported the fire at 4:17 a.m. The Houghton City Fire Department responded and left the scene at approximately 8 a.m.
The storage unit was destroyed, and the building, 2006 Woodmar Drive, sustained major water damage from efforts to contain the fire.
“We do not know what the cause is at this time,” MTU Deputy Chief of Police Brian Cadwell said. “We have contacted the state fire inspector in Marquette.”
The state fire inspector is expected to arrive today.
Nine registered student residents were evacuated from the six-unit apartment building. The University is arranging for the students to move into vacant apartments in Daniell Heights and is also helping them with the relocation process.
In its investigation, Michigan Tech’s Public Safety and Police Services also found that two piles of leaves under exterior stairwells had been ignited last night. Those fires apparently extinguished on their own.
Police also reported that windows were broken on four vehicles parked at Daniell Heights sometime between 10:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 22, and Thursday morning.
The cause of the fire is unknown, and police do not yet know if the fires and vandalism are related, but they are not ruling out foul play.
“It’s too soon to say,” Cadwell said.