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      Residents evacuated during morning apartment fire

      UPDATE 5 p.m. Saturday:

      On Saturday morning, a passerby noticed smoke coming from the damaged building. They immediatly notified Michigan Tech Public Safety.

      The Houghton City Fire Department was called and found that an ember reignited. Firefighters immediately put out the fire.

      No injuries were reported, and an MTU Alert was sent out to keep students, faculty, and staff on campus informed.


      All nine registered residents in an apartment building were safely evacuated when a fire began on Friday morning in Houghton.

      According to officials, a Daniell Heights apartments storage building on Michigan Tech's campus was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived on scene at around 4:17 a.m. The storage unit was destroyed and the building sustained major water damage.

      The apartment residents have been relocated.

      According to MTU, public safety officers and police discovered two piles of leaves under exterior stairwells that had been ignited last night. Officials say those fires extinguished themselves.

      The cause of the fire that destroyed the storage building is unknown, but a state fire investigator will be visiting the scene.

      If you have any information on this fire or windows broken in four vehicles on Wednesday night, please contact Michigan Tech Public Safety at (906) 487-2216.