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Buildings burn down at Gogebic County fairgrounds

IRONWOOD, MI— At least four structures were destroyed by fire at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds Tuesday.

Ironwood Public Safety officers were notified of the fire around 10 a.m. and called in additional fire division personnel. Units found the grandstand and adjacent horse barn fully engulfed.

Initial teams focused on protecting the surrounding buildings and extinguishing the fire. Due to the building’s size, location, and need for other water sources, a mutual aid request was sent out. The Hurley, Ironwood Township, and Bessemer Township fire departments responded.

The fire was brought under control by 10:45 a.m., but crews remained on the scene through the evening.

Two surrounding structures also burned but no injuries were reported.

The Ironwood Public Safety Department would like to thank Xcel Energy, Beacon Ambulance, the City of Ironwood DPW, and assisting law enforcement and fire departments.

The fire's cause is under investigation by Ironwood Public Safety SGT./Fire Marshal Brandon Snyder and Gogebic County Sheriff Department DET/SGT Yesney.

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.