ALPENA, Mich. — There were no injuries in Friday’s house fire on Campbell Street. As fire crews arrived to the house last week, they saw flames and smoke coming from the upstairs bedroom window. They were able to rescue a cat and some fish but a second cat is still missing.
According to Community Risk Reduction Officer Andy Marceau, the fire damage was moderate but because of the water damage and the removal of upstairs ceilings, the house could be a total loss.
Marceau said it is possible the fire could have been avoided. He added that while he understands residents want to smoke in their homes, he strongly recommends smoking outside. If residents do smoke in their homes, Marceau urges them to use a can with water to put out the cigarette butts.
The cause of fire is still under investigation and at this time the family is currently displaced. According to Marceau, they had renters insurance which could be helpful in their situation.