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      Fire reported in library on MTU campus

      Emergency crews respond to fire at Michigan Tech library

      UPDATE: The library will re-open Sunday, however the basement will remain closed as authorities continue to investigate the cause of the fire.


      Authorities in Houghton were on the scene at a fire on the Michigan Technological University campus on Friday at around 11:50 a.m.

      The fire was located in the Michigan Tech Archives and Copper Country Collections, according to university officials. We received reports of a lot of smoke in the building. There is no word yet on any injuries or the cause of the fire, but crews were able to extinguish the blaze quickly, according to Michigan Tech Chief of Police Dan Bennett.

      The Houghton Fire Department, Houghton City Police Department and Michigan Tech Public Safety are on the scene. We will post more information as it becomes available.

      According to university officials, freezer trucks are being brought in so wet documents can be stored to minimize damage.

      The J.R. Van Pelt Library is closed until further notice, according to officials.