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One dead after Ahmeek apartment fire

A release from the Office of Keweenaw County Sheriff Curt Pennala reveals that one person died in the Ahmeek apartment fire Thursday night. Pennala says that the tragic consequences from the blaze will increase scrutiny of its cause.

Obviously with a fatal house fire we want to cross out all of our t’s and dot our i’s, and make sure there is nothing suspicious in nature.

Multiple representatives associated with the State Fire Marshal are being called in to investigate. Pennala doesn’t expect a preliminary report for several days.

Several emergency personnel made heroic actions that kept the situation from potentially being much worse. Pennala says deputies were able to pull out a tenant in frail health from the lower apartment and firefighters rescued several cats.

The full release is below.


The Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office along with the State Fire Marshall is investigating the cause of a fatal apartment fire that occurred Thursday night in Ahmeek Village. At approximately 8:11 pm Ahmeek Village Fire was dispatched to a structure fire on Senter Street. Multiple agencies assisted in fighting the fire.

Deputies were able to locate and get two tenants out safely and firefighters rescued three cats out of a downstairs apartment. The apartment building owner who lived in an apartment upstairs was found deceased inside. The fire remains under investigation and names are not being released at this time due to notification of next of kin.

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