URGENT URGENT URGENT U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 4-15-18 – Update 6:20 a.m
The fire is under control.
The homeowner is 30-year-old Steven Philip Auge – who U.P. Breaking News found through Facebook messenger and told him to call the Escanaba Public Safety immediately. He was not at home last night and is en-route to the scene.
Another person (male) was supposed to be in the home last night.
The American Red Cross is on the scene to help firefighters and survivors.
Numerous people were evacuated from surrounding homes, and have been allowed to go back inside their residence.
5:32 a.m. ET –
Wind whipped inferno: Escanaba two-story house fire roars – fears it will spread
By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
(Escanaba, MI) – A two-story fully-engulfed house blaze has triggered a general alarm fire in Escanaba, MI as the high winds threatened to spread the flames to neighboring homes.
The blaze is in a two-story wood frame home at 337 N. 14th Street in Escanaba, MI.
The fire was reported about 5:10 a.m. ET this morning, Sun., April 15, 2018.
A raging snowstorm with high winds caused the duty fire chief to declare a general alarm – and all day-shift firefighters and police have been called into duty.
Mutual aid has been requested from the Ford River Township Volunteer Fire Department
“It’s a fully-involved house fire,” a dispatcher said to firefighters in a mutual aid fire truck from Ford River.
Officials said they were unsure if there were any victims trapped in the house.
“I’m gonna try to make entry in the front to see if anybody’s in there,” said a Escanaba firefighter. Two guys “are going to make entry through the front right now. ”
Officials said high winds are making the fire especially dangerous – as firefighters are trying their best to stop it from spreading to neighboring homes.
“Its fully engulfed … flames are coming right up the back,” a firefighter said.
“There’s a live wire down in the back,” a firefighter stated. Both gas and power companies have been notified.
Numerous streets in the area are closed – as hoses are being laid from all fire hydrants.