More details about the Thursday fire at Superior Cedar Products in Carney has been released. According to the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the scene for the report of an equipment fire that had spread to the unprocessed wood piles at about 2:00 p.m. Aug. 5. When sheriff’s office deputies arrived, they attempted to locate all employees, but one was unaccounted for. After an intense search, the employee was located on a piece of burning equipment. Law enforcement and fire personnel were unable to assist the victim because of the intense heat from the fire. The name of the victim has not yet been released. Immediately, Menominee County deputies assisted Nadeau Fire at the scene. A short time later, EMS, law enforcement and fire personnel from Menominee, Delta, and Dickinson counties in Michigan and Marinette County were called to assist. In total, 175 personnel responded with 52 pieces of fire-fighting equipment, 5 EMS units and six law enforcement units. The American Red Cross and Menominee County Victims Services Unit were also at the scene to provide support, food, and water for responding personnel. “Our deepest appreciation goes out to our staff and the first responders from the surrounding areas,” Menominee County Sheriff’s Office said in a release. “The rapid response was nothing short of amazing. Thank you to all the first responders.” The fire investigation is ongoing, and an exact cause has not yet been determined. This story will be updated if more information becomes available.
According to his obituary, the victim was 59-year-old Dale “Vinny” Frisque of Carney.
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