Fire guts Sands Township home

MARQUETTE – A Sands Township home was heavily damaged today in an early morning fire.

No one was in the home – located on the 400 block of Silver Creek Road – at the time of the fire, according to Chocolay Township Fire Lieutenant Brad Johnson. He said the call went out shortly after 5 a.m. and his department was the first on scene.

“We got on the scene there and the house was fully engulfed,” Johnson said. “The front window of the house and the side windows – flames were shooting out of there.”

Johnson said firefighters cleared the scene in about two hours, but said the damage to the one-story structure was extensive.

“It was a total loss,” he said. “The inside of the house was totally gutted.”

Firefighters did two searches of the home, but found no occupants or pets inside. The owner of the home arrived on scene soon after.

“The owner was just pulling into work and she was told that her house was on fire, so she turned around and came back,” he said.

Johnson said the Pigs ‘N Heat Fire Relief Fund will be assisting the family. He said the cause of the fire is currently undetermined, but that the state fire marshal had been contacted and would evaluate the scene.

The Chocolay Township Fire Department was assisted on scene by the Sands Township Fire Department, Marquette County Rescue Unit 131 and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office.

Kyle Whitney can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 250.