Crews from the Alpena Fire Department were still on scene at 3am for an apartment fire that broke out at 301-303 Ninth Avenue that has completely destroyed the structure.
Fire fighters were still putting out hot spots on the wood frame building. A ladder truck had to be called in to take care of any flare-ups because ground crews were not able to get to those areas.
It is unknown at this time what touched off the blaze. The building had three apartments that were all occupied at the time of the fire.
A home on Minor Street, directly behind the apartment building, was also damaged. The resident of that home, who happens to be expecting a child, was checked for smoke inhalation.
All of the residents from the apartment building and the home on Minor Street were given shelter at the Sanctuary Inn by the Red Cross.
Red Cross volunteers were on scene. Those volunteers were called in from Lincoln, Michigan because there was no one in the immediate area of Alpena to assist.
The Salvation Army was not able to assist because the truck that they utilize is currently out of service.
With the Red Cross having to call in those from Lincoln and the Salvation Army out of commission, it would seem that if a larger emergency were to take place, those agencies would have a difficult time with providing assistance.
These are issues that the residents of Alpena and the general area need to address so that assistance is available when necessary.