Historic building near Central Mine Church burns down

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CENTRAL, Mich. (WLUC) — A home owned by the Keweenaw County Historical Society and rented by a private party was destroyed in a fire Sunday night.

At approximately 9:00 p.m., the Allouez Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office responded to the fire in Central.

A passerby saw the flames and called the fire department.

The house was completely submerged when emergency services arrived on the scene. There were no occupants at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

The fire had also spread to a number of locations downwind of the structure.

Larry Malloy, former president of the Keweenaw Historical Society and member of the Central Mine Methodist Church Board, said the house was about 20 yards from a building the Historical Society is converting into a museum. The house is also close to the church.

Malloy said they could have lost those two buildings if it had been windy.

The Central Mine Methodist Church holds an annual meeting at the end of July and wants those affected to know that the church was not damaged by the fire.

The house was one of two buildings in Central with a certain architectural type and Malloy said it would be a loss for the area.

The cause of the fire is unknown and the incident is still under investigation.

The Allouez Township firefighters were assisted by the Eagle Harbor Township Volunteer Fire Department as well as the Calumet Township Volunteer Fire Department.

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