1 dead after lumberyard catches fire in western UP


CARNEY, Mich. (WFRV) — A total of 175 law enforcement personnel and fire departments from both Michigan and Wisconsin responded to a large fire at Superior Cedar Products in the western Upper Peninsula Thursday.

The Menominee County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that deputies responded to Superior Cedar in Carney, Michigan, for reports of an equipment fire that had spread to unprocessed wood piles. Upon arriving at the scene, officers attempted to locate all employees and discovered there was one employee that remained unaccounted for.

After continuing an intense search for the missing employee, deputies say they located the missing employee on the burning equipment. Law enforcement personnel report they were not able to assist the employee due to the intense heat from the fire. The Menominee County Sheriff’s Office later confirmed with WFRV, WOOD TV8’s sister station in Green Bay, Wis., that one person died as a result of the fire.

According to the Town of Peshtigo Fire Department, a strike team of engines plus several additional apparatus with over 30 firefighters responded for assistance with the fire.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency due to the severity of the fire.

“Right now, it is an all-hand-on-deck effort to contain the blaze to ensure that we protect life and property, and prevent this fire from spreading further,” Whitmer said.

The American Red Cross also responded to the incident and was able to provide support, food, and water to responders. The Coleman Fire Department said it was great to see so many departments from different areas working together.

“Our deepest appreciation goes out to our staff and the first responders from the surrounding areas. The rapid response was nothing short of amazing,” wrote Menominee County Sheriff’s Office.

Carney is about 30 miles north of Menominee.

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