Blaze destroys home in Manistique

MANISTIQUE – No one was injured during a house fire in Manistique early Thursday morning, but the rental home, located at 115 N. Fourth St., is considered a total loss.

Manistique Public Safety officers and volunteer firefighters were called to the fire at at 2:15 a.m. It had been reported to police that flames were coming through the roof of the home, but upon arriving at the scene officers found entire home was engulfed in flames. Officers determined no one was inside the building at the time.

Firefighters fought the blaze for approximately 35 minutes before the fire was brought under control. The two-story home’s metal roof collapsed during the fire, trapping fire underneath the roof and making it difficult for firefighters to reach parts of the blaze. Firefighters remained on the scene until 6:15 a.m. putting out hot spots in the wood-framed home.

The home was owned by Karen McDonald of Manistique and was being rented by Timothy Hutchins and Tabitha Stephenson. Neither Hutchins nor Stephenson were at the home at the time of the fire.

The blaze caused no injuries to firefighters or civilians. Manistique firefighters received assistance at the scene by the Schoolcraft County Chapter of the Red Cross.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Manistique Public Safety.