EAST TAWAS – East Tawas Fire Department (ETFD) Chief Bill Deckett is asking the public for any information they may have regarding a structure fire which occurred at 3:10 a.m. on Friday, March 1.
Deckett advised that ETFD and Tawas City Fire Department personnel were dispatched to the blaze, which broke out in a residence located at 131 Warren Ave., in the Tawas Lake area of East Tawas.
“Arriving units found heavy flame showing on one side of the cabin,” stated Deckett.
He added that firefighters quickly put water on the dwelling next door – which had windows breaking and siding smoking from the heat – then attacked the main fire.
“The fire was knocked down quickly, but the firefighters faced construction challenges to completely extinguish the fire,” Deckett explained.
“Double ceilings, additions, and siding over logs all added to the difficulty,” he reported.
According to Deckett, the Oscoda Township Fire Department was called in to assist with final extinguishment as firefighters rotated in and out, taking shifts then going into the department rescue vehicles to warm up and take off wet, frozen gear.
He noted that firefighters left the scene at about 8 a.m., and there was no one in the structure at the time of the incident.
The owners of the single-story dwelling are from Dearborn and Deckett added that the 827-square-foot home had an estimated value of $68,000, with the loss reported to be approximately $50,000.
“The Michigan State Police [MSP] tracking dog was called to follow tracks that were discovered leading to and away from the fire and the State Police fire investigator was on scene Friday afternoon working to determine the cause of the fire,” he advised.
According to MSP Sgt. Douglas Gough, the incident is currently being investigated by the ETFD and MSP Fire Marshall Division.
If anyone in the Tawas Lake area witnessed anything unusual in the early morning hours on Friday, Deckett asks that they please contact Iosco County Central Dispatch at 362-1430.
He stated that authorities are also interested in anyone who may have a camera facing Tawas Lake, in the area between Geller and Owosso streets.