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2 bodies found at fire

Courtesy Photo A barn on Long Lake Road is seen completely engulfed in flames on Aug. 13 in this photo provided by the Michigan State Police.

ALPENA TOWNSHIP — Two bodies were found in a barn fire today on Long Lake Road.

Michigan State Police spokesman Derrick Carroll said late tonight police are waiting to identify the bodies and it was too early to say whether there was any foul play. The bodies were taken to Grand Rapids for an autopsy.

“It’s an ongoing investigation and they probably won’t know tonight exactly what happened,” he said. “They have to do autopsies and find out what is the cause of death.”

A brief video of the scene, provided by the Michigan State Police, is below. Reading on mobile? Turn your device horizontally for the best viewing experience. Story continues below video.

Courtesy Photo Michigan State Police investigators review the scene of a barn fire where two bodies were discovered on Aug. 13, 2020.

The Alpena Township Fire Department was dispatched to around 1:15 p.m. and arrived to find the barn fully engulfed in flames.

Alpena Township Fire Chief Dave Robbins said firefighters were initially told no people or animals were in the barn, but they learned on the scene that might not be the case.

The barn collapsed while firefighters were on-scene and crews worked to stop a nearby structure from catching fire.

The cause of the fire was not immediately clear.

Robbins said late tonight the fire had been extinguished but crews remained on scene this evening to look for hotspots.

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Firefighters work to transfer water from a water tank to a fire truck to fight a barn fire Thursday on Long Lake Road.

The township called for mutual aid during the fire and tankers from surrounding departments brought water to fight the fire.

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Firefighters work to extinguish a barn fire Thursday on Long Lake Road.

News Photo by Crystal Nelson Firefighters continue to douse flames after a barn collapsed on Long Lake Road on Thursday. Police later reported two bodies found at the scene.

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