City: No injuries in McKinley Ave. fire

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley Firefighters battle a blaze at a home on the corner of McKinley Avenue and 8th Avenue in Alpena on July 4, 2019.

ALPENA — No one was home and no firefighters were injured while battling a fire that started in the basement of a home at the corner of McKinley Avenue and 8th Avenue Thursday night.

The Alpena Fire Department was dispatched to the scene at 9:11 p.m. Thursday after reports of smoke coming from a residence. Crews arrived within two minutes to heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the home, according to a press release from the Fire Department.

The department responded with eight on-duty fire personnel and seven off-duty fire personnel who were called in to assist.

The fire had spread to the walls of the first and second floors before firefighters arrived. Crews made an interior attack to the basement. The home sustained major fire and smoke damage.

The Presque Isle Fire Department, Alpena Police Department, and the Michigan State Police also assisted at the scene.

Crews cleared the scene at 12:25 a.m. today.

The fire remains under investigation.