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1 dead after lumberyard catches fire in MI, Wisconsin fire departments rush to assist neighboring state

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CARNEY, Mich. (WFRV) – A total of 175 law enforcement personnel and fire departments from both Wisconsin and Michigan responded to a large fire at Superior Cedar Products on Thursday.

The Menominee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that deputies responded to Superior Cedar in Carney, Michigan, for reports of an equipment fire that had spread to unprocessed wood piles. Upon arriving at the scene, officers attempted to locate all employees and discovered there was one employee that remained unaccounted for.

After continuing an intense search for the missing employee, deputies say they located the missing employee on the burning equipment. Law enforcement personnel report they were not able to assist the employee due to the ‘intense heat’ radiating from the fire. The Menominee County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed with Local 5 that the employee died as a result of the fire.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency due to the severity of the fire.

“Right now, it is an all-hand-on-deck effort to contain the blaze to ensure that we protect life and property, and prevent this fire from spreading further,” said Governor Whitmer.

Wisconsin fire departments who responded to the fire include:

  • Town of Wagner
  • City of Marinette
  • City of Peshtigo
  • Town of Peshtigo
  • Coleman
  • Wasaukee
  • Grover-Porterfield

The Coleman Fire Department said it was great to see so many departments from different areas working together.

“Our deepest appreciation goes out to our staff and the first responders from the surrounding areas. The rapid response was nothing short of amazing,” wrote Menominee County Sheriff’s Office.

There was no further information at this time, Local 5 will update this story as more information is released.

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