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Man injured following vehicle fire Monday

MANISTIQUE – A Manistique man was injured during a vehicle fire on Monday. The fire is believed to have been ignited while its owner was welding.

According to a press release from Manistique Public Safety, officers were dispatched to the scene of the fire, at 329N Cherry Hill Drive, at approximately 2:05 p.m. Upon arriving at the scene, officers found the fully engulfed pickup truck in the driveway.

Jason Hubble, owner of the vehicle, had been welding on the truck while inside of his pole barn, the release states. When the vehicle caught fire, Hubble was able to move it outside into the driveway, but sustained minor burn injuries in the process. He was transported by Manistique Public Safety ambulance to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital for treatment.

No other injuries were reported and the officers were able to extinguish the blaze immediately. The vehicle is considered a total loss.

Manistique Public Safety was assisted by the Michigan State Police and the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department.

State Police continue fatal ORV investigation

MANISTIQUE – Officers from the Michigan State Police – St. Ignace Post continue to investigate a fatal ORV crash in Schoolcraft County. The crash took place on Nov. 14 in Muller Township.

According to a press release from the post, Clinton Township resident Brian Richard Reiss, 57, crashed at approximately 7 p.m. on the night of the incident. He later died on Nov. 16 at Marquette General Hospital from injuries sustained following the crash.

The accident remains under investigation and speed and alcohol are believed to be factors.

Manistique Township blaze takes garage

MANISTIQUE – A garage was destroyed following a fire in Manistique Township on Nov. 15. While the structure remained standing following the blaze, the majority of the building and its contents are considered a total loss.

Manistique Public Safety officers responded to the scene of the fire, at 5560W River Road, at approximately 3:55 p.m., according to a press release from the department. Upon arriving at the scene, officers discovered a fully engulfed garage containing a vehicle, snowmobiles, a boat, and numerous other items.

While officers were able to contain the fire within twenty minutes, they continued fighting hot spots for over an hour, the release states.

The garage was unattached from the residence, owned by Ronald and Michelle Goudreau of Manistique. Michelle was at the residence at the time of the blaze and called 911 after seeing smoke.

No injuries were reported, and the official cause of the fire remains undetermined, though it is believed to have been electrical in nature.

Manistique firefighters were assisted by Doyle Township Volunteer Fire Department, and cleared the scene at 5:50 p.m.

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