A gas leak in Alpena led firefighters to evacuate a small area, and a wildfire deep in the woods of Alpena Township kept emergency personnel busy Labor Day afternoon.
Shortly before 2 p.m., Alpena firefighters were called to 280 N. Lawn Street to handle a gas leak, Alpena Fire Department Capt. Mike Manchester said. Just over two hours later, firefighters from Alpena Township's North and South stations responded to a call for a fire located near an ORV trail near Devils Lake, Alpena Township Fire Department Battalion Chief Kevin Reamer said.
The gas leak happened after residents of the Lawn Street home hired someone to remove a sidewalk along their lawn, Manchester said. A gas line was cut while digging up the sidewalk.
Alpena firefighters, assisted by Alpena Police Department officers, evacuated two houses adjacent to the Lawn Street address and set up a perimeter while Michcon employees fixed the gas line, Manchester said. No one was injured.
At around 4:15 p.m., emergency dispatchers received a call from a mountain biker who had smelled smoke while riding on a trail near Devils Lake, Reamer said. The biker discovered a fire along a two-track branching off the main trail, about five miles from Werth Road.
It took firefighters some time to locate the blaze, finally reaching it by 4:49 p.m., Reamer said. They discovered a fire covering an area measuring roughly 100 feet by 150 feet.
Firefighters from Alpena Township's North and South stations were assisted by Michigan Department of Natural Resources personnel, Reamer said. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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