A structure fire on Commercial Street was controlled and left no one injured Tuesday morning.
Alpena Fire Department crew responded at 8:36 a.m. to 811 Commercial for a fully engulfed structure fire. Prior to arrival, the city police department updated responding fire crews that heavy smoke and fire were coming from the structure and the building was unoccupied. According to central dispatch the 911 call came from surrounding neighbors. At that time a full department page went out to the off-duty firefighters.
Units arrived on scene with heavy smoke and fire coming from the east and north sides of the building extending into the attic space. Fire crews initiated an aggressive interior attack with multiple hand lines and positive pressure ventilation. Alpena Township Fire Department was called for mutual aid and assisted in fire ground operations throughout the incident. The fire was reported to be under control around 9:30 a.m., and fire crews remained on scene for an extended period of time doing salvage and overhaul operations. During overhaul operations, fire crews extracted the unharmed resident cat from under the bathroom tub and gave it to home owner Heather Alexander.
Alpena Fire Department firefighters work on putting out a fire at 811 Commercial Street on Wednesday morning. Firefighters were on scene for just shy of two hours.
No injuries were reported, and fire crews cleared the scene at 10:47 a.m. Fire Marshal Dave Robbins was left on scene to investigate the cause of the fire. At this time the cause of the fire is undetermined pending further investigation.