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Possible cause determined in Habitat for Humanity fire

ALPENA, Mich — Habitat for Humanity went up in flames on Sunday morning, initially, having no apparent cause. However, an investigation determined the fire may have been caused by an electrical short near the main entrance of the building.

Michigan State Police, Alpena city police, and county fire departments probed the scene to find the cause of the blaze. Community Risk Reduction Officer Andy Marceau says after combing the area, the fire does not appear to have been set intentionally.

“We determined it was undetermined in case an insurance investigator were to find something else. We’re not electrical engineers, so we cannot rule out a short in an electrical cord or the outlet that is in the area of origin.”

Marceau says the organization is looking for a temporary location to continue its work.