August 24, 2019
Update: Feb. 9 at 11:42 a.m.

Several families displaced following structure fire


MIO - Several families in Mio have been left without a home or personal belongings after a structure fire destroyed their residence Feb. 8.

The fire occurred at Pelton Plaza in the 300 block of  Mount Tom Road, also known as M-33, at a structure that has been used for numerous businesses, but most recently was an oil change facility with adjacent apartments.

Tri-Town Fire Chief Dave Stenzel said the call first went out around 3:30 p.m. and for the next several hours crews battled the cold wind and reduced visibility as they tried to extinguish the fire.

"Within about a half-hour the fire had breached the apartments," Stenzel said. "The building is sitting in an open field area. The wind was coming across from the west, and the fire ate through that building like it was nothing."

Stenzel was unsure exactly how many families were displaced by the fire as of Feb. 9, but said he heard as many as five families lived in the building.

Because of the proximity to the highway, combined with the high winds and volatility of the situation, the Oscoda County Sheriff's Office closed a portion of the highway and rerouted traffic. The road remained closed until approximately 10:00 p.m. Feb. 8.

Stenzel said Tri-Town was assisted on scene by fire departments from Rose City, Luzerne, McKinley, Fairview, Greenwood. Also assisting were Consumers Energy, DTE, the Oscoda County Road Commission and the Michigan Department of Transportation.

Stenzel said the Red Cross was in to help the families displaced by the fire.


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