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Fire Damages Baraga County Restaurant

UPDATE 11:430 AM, OCTOBER 7TH

Michigan State Police Fire Marshals have begun an investigation into the cause of an early morning fire that destroyed a popular Baraga County restaurant.

Trooper from the Calumet Post report the first call about the fire at Carla’s Restaurant and Inn came in around 1:30 a.m. Firefighters from nine local departments were called out to battle the blaze on US-41 north of Baraga.

US-41 was shut down for an extended time. It was reopened to limited traffic around 5:20 a.m.

No official report about potential injuries has been released.

Firefighters were able to save most of the attached motel wing to the south of the restaurant, and an adjacent building to the north.

Troopers were assisted by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Police, the Baraga Police Department, and Bay Ambulance. Fire departments that responded included Keweenaw Bay, Baraga, L’Anse, Aura, Arvon Township, Chassell, Pelkie, Otter Lake and Laird Township.


An early morning fire has heavily damaged an iconic Baraga County restaurant.

Firefighters were called to Carla’s Restaurant on US-41 north of Baraga in the early hours. By 4 a.m., the building appeared to be fully involved, and traffic was stopped along US-41 as multiple fire departments battled the blaze.

It’s not known if there were any injuries, or if any adjacent buildings were affected.

We’ll provide updates as they become available.

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