House fire in Ishpeming

UPDATE: 10:35 p.m.

Firefighters are investigating the cause of a blaze that forced an Ishpeming family out of its home Saturday night.

The fire started shortly after 7:30 p.m. at 608 E Street. That address is one of two units in a duplex managed by the Ishpeming Housing Authority. No one living in that unit was home at the time; a neighbor saw smoke and called 911.

Ishpeming Fire Chief Ed Anderson says that when crews arrived, heavy smoke was showing throughout the building. The flames had broken through a window on the first floor.

Chief Anderson says the blaze appears to have started in a bedroom on the first floor. Firefighters quickly put out the flames in that bedroom and used fans to clear the smoke. The duplex took heavy smoke damage, and the first floor sustained water damage as well.

No one was hurt. Marquette County Rescue 131, Bell EMS and the Ishpeming Police Department assisted at the scene. The Pigs-n-Heat Fire Relief Fund and the American Red Cross are helping the residents.

A family in Ishpeming was forced out of its home by a fire Saturday night.

It started at about 7:45 p.m. at 608 E Street. That address is one of two units in a duplex.

Witnesses told ABC 10 at the scene that everyone got out safely, including a cat.

We’ll have more information once it becomes available.