Canton firefighters are investigating a house fire on Michael Place SW near downtown area

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Canton firefighters were investigating a house fire in the 300 block of Michael Place SW, a back alley, near downtown Canton.
Canton firefighters were investigating a house fire in the 300 block of Michael Place SW, a back alley, near downtown Canton.

CANTON – Firefighters are investigating a house fire Wednesday afternoon near downtown.

"Heavy fire" was coming out of a two-story house at 313 Michael Place SW, down a back alley near the 700 block of Cleveland Avenue SW, according to said Battalion Chief Eric Ohmen.

Canton firefighters extinguished a two-story house fire in the 300 block of Michael Place SW, a  block away from Canton Fire Station No. 1, on Jan. 26, 2022.
Canton firefighters extinguished a two-story house fire in the 300 block of Michael Place SW, a block away from Canton Fire Station No. 1, on Jan. 26, 2022.

It took place a block away from Canton Fire Station No. 1.

Ohmen said the house was vacant and insecure, utilities were disconnected, but a man squatted there. "(Investigators) caught up with him down the road and he verified he was staying there," Ohmen said.

The cause remains under investigation.

Canton firefighters fold a metal ladder on a snowy alley near downtown Canton. They were there due to a house fire Jan 26, 2022.
Canton firefighters fold a metal ladder on a snowy alley near downtown Canton. They were there due to a house fire Jan 26, 2022.

Ohmen said no one was injured. The cold and snowy weather conditions were not a challenge, and "the guys did a great job," he said.

He said the only issues encountered involved getting equipment down the alley.

Ohmen said Wednesday night that the house would be torn down Thursday under emergency orders.

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This article originally appeared on The Repository: Canton firefighters extinguish house fire on Michael Place SW

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