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Electrical short likely cause of ReStore fire

News Photo by Justin A. Hinkley The Habitat for Humanity ReStore and consignment shop was destroyed by a fire Sunday at the corner of 5th Avenue and Chisholm Street.

ALPENA — Sunday’s fire that claimed the Habitat for Humanity ReStore was likely caused by an electrical short near the store’s rear entrance, according to the Alpena Fire Department.

Investigation by the Michigan State Police and local fire investigators, including the use of an MSP drone, witness interviews, and analysis of local residents’ social media posts, led to the conclusion that, while the exact cause remains undetermined, the fire was most likely the result of an electrical problem.

No evidence points to the possibility the fire was started intentionally, investigators say.

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