Early Morning Fire in Alpena Causes Extensive Damage


ALPENA, MI – Fire and EMS crews were called out to 1241 Long Rapids Road at about 1:30 a.m. on August 20th, 2014.Fire Damage at 1241 Long Rapids Road

The structure at that location sustained extensive fire, water and smoke damage.

EMS transported one person from the residence to Alpena Regional Medical Center for smoke inhalation.

It is uncertain if the house were deemed condemned once the fire was extinguished.

From a visual inspection of the outside of the house, it should have been immediately tagged as unlivable.  Windows can be seen in the photos to be missing and the roof has blue tarps where the fire department cut holes in the roof.

A check of the property at 5:30 p.m. showed smoke coming from the chimney and a person exited the house near the rear as photos were being taken of the damage.

After speaking with central dispatch about the person who occupies the house, officers were being dispatched to the property on a welfare check and to determine if they should actually be in the structure given the damage.

Update:  7:25 p.m. 08/20/2014 – Central dispatch did call back.  The gentlemen who occupies the house was advised earlier today that he should not be in the structure but it is his home.  The property at this time has not been tagged as condemned.  There are concerns of him being in the property along with what central dispatch said were several types of chemicals inside the structure.

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