Escanaba Department of Public Safety

ESCANABA, MI--   A Delta County barn caught fire after it was struck by lightning early Wednesday.

The Escanaba Department of Public Safety was dispatched around 4:45 a.m. to the corner of 18th Road and I Road. Officers found flames coming from the second story of the barn.

Firefighters were able to contain the flames to the second story. They spent two hours on the scene.

No injuries were reported.

The Ford River Fire Department, Michigan State Police and Delta County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.

ESCANABA, MI--   Escanaba residents are being warned about a potential phone scam involving city utilities.

The Department of Public Safety wants residents to know shut-off notices are brought to homes by a city employee or a notice is sent through the mail. The city will never ask for payment over the phone.

Police say residents should never provide personal information to unknown sources.

For questions about shut-off notices, contact the Utilities Office at Escanaba City Hall.

Escanaba Department of Public Safety

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety is looking for a suspect vehicle in a hit-and-run crash.

Wednesday around 1:30 p.m. a woman driving a purple or dark burgundy mid-size sedan with extensive damage to the right front corner intentionally collided with a legally parked vehicle. The rear of the suspect vehicle should have white paint transfer on it.

Anyone with information about the driver is asked to send a private message on Facebook to Escanaba Public Safety or call 786-5911.

ESCANABA, MI--   The following press release from the Escanaba Department of Public Safety is an update on a fatal fire at the Delta Inn Motel on April 30: 

Escanaba Public Safety requested the assistance of the Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Unit, out of Negaunee, with trying to determine the origin and cause of the fire.  After the fire scene investigation was completed, the origin of the fire was determined to be in room #107.  The cause of the fire has been ruled undetermined, but smoking and a portable home oxygen device may have contributed to the cause.     

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Wells Township house burned down over the weekend. 

The Escanaba Department of Public Safety was called Saturday around 6:45 a.m. to 6995 J Road. The structure was fully engulfed when they arrived and all occupants were out of the house.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

No injuries were reported, but the building is a total loss.

Assisting Public Safety were Delta County Central Dispatch, Ford River Fire Department, Escanaba Township Fire Department, MSP 84, the Red Cross, UPPCO and DTE.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety is warning businesses and organizations to abide by Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.

Officers have received reports of businesses that have stayed open, even though they aren’t considered “essential” under Whitmer’s executive order. With guidance from the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office, Public Safety is giving businesses and organizations an initial warning to comply immediately with the order before enforcement action is taken.

ESCANABA, MI--   The body of a missing Wisconsin man has been found in Delta County.

Dustin Feavel, 36, had traveled to Escanaba from Wisconsin to visit relatives. He was reported missing Monday.

Wednesday around 6:30 p.m. Escanaba Public Safety officers found Feavel’s body in the woods between Willow Creek Road and M.5 Lane along the northern fence line of the Delta County Airport.

The Delta County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the cause of death was related to hypothermia.

ESCANABA, MI--   An Escanaba house is a total loss following a fire Monday night. 

The Escanaba Department of Public Safety was dispatched just after 11 p.m. to the 1200 block of 1st Avenue North on a report of a kitchen fire. All residents were outside of the house when firefighters arrived.

The entire back of the house became fully engulfed. It took firefighters nearly eight hours to extinguish the blaze.

No injuries were reported.

A house within two feet of the residence sustained no damage.

The fire is still under investigation.

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Wells Township home was damaged by fire on Friday.  

The Escanaba Department of Public Safety responded around 9 a.m. to 17.25 Road in Wells Township. Officers entered the front door and found heavy smoke filling the residence.

Water was applied to a couch that had been burning. The couch was removed from the house.

Officials say a cat perished in the fire and a second cat has not been found. A dog that was outside the residence was not injured.

The home sustained heavy smoke and some water damage.

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   No one was injured in a Saturday evening fire in Wells Township. 

The Escanaba Department of Public Safety says it happened around 5:45 p.m. in a residence on 16.5 Lane.

All people were out of the house upon officers’ arrival. They went into the basement where the fire was to discover it had burned itself out.

The residence suffered heavy smoke, fire, and some water damage.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.