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Fire Scene--Top Photo: Two City of Peshtigo Firefighters (right) Assistant Chief Chris Rohde and Firefighter Michael Maus along with firefighters from Gourley are pictured hosing down some of the large piles of cedar that caught fire on Thursday, Aug. 5 at the Superior Cedar Products Company in Carney, Mich. Over 175 emergency personnel responded to the fire. Bottom Photo: A crane, truck and wood chipper are pictured after being destroyed in the fire at Superior Cedar Products. The fire is believed to have started near the machine and jumped to nearby cedar wood piles causing a large response from emergency responders.

One Man is Dead Following Huge Fire in Carney Michigan

Issue Date: August 13, 2021

Over 175 firefighters, EMS and Law Enforcement personnel from four counties responded to a large fire at Superior Cedar Products in Carney, MI., on Thursday August 5. According to officials, the fire started in the afternoon around 2 p.m. when a piece of equipment used to chip cedar slabs caught fire and spread to logs and cedar lumber located near the machine. An employee working on the machine was killed in the fire, his name has not been released as of yet.

Water had to be hauled in from tenders and many had to make a 25- mile round trip to get water. It was reported that in Spaulding and Powers the water supply was used up to the point that tenders could not fill there.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, on Thursday evening declared a state of emergency for Menominee County, which was requested by county officials. The declaration makes available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery in the designated area. It also authorizes the Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division to work with member states on an Interstate Emergency Management Assistance Compact, including the State of Wisconsin to use any and all available resources.

The Nadeau Fire Department was the first unit on scene followed by EMS and Law Enforcement from Menominee, Delta, Dickinson and Marinette County. The American Red Cross and Menominee County Victims Service Unit were on scene to provide food, water and support for all first responders. An official from the Menominee County Sheriff's Department said, â€Our deepest appreciation goes out to our staff and the first responders from the surrounding areas. The rapid response was nothing short of amazing.†Fire Departments from Wisconsin that responded included; Town of Wagner, City of Marinette, City of Peshtigo, Town of Peshtigo, Coleman, Wausaukee and Grover-Porterfield. They were called because authorities in Michigan requested a strike team of engines from Marinette County.

No damage estimate was available and several fire departments remained on scene throughout the night. There were no other reported injuries.

The Carney Village Board release the following statement: The Village of Carney was dealt a sharp blow last Thursday afternoon in the tragedy that took place at Superior Cedar. As we grieve the losses of that day, we also have so much to recognize and give thanks for.

To the family of the one who passed away and to all who have experienced so much joy and friendship from them, we grieve and mourn with you. We support you during this time. We are so sorry for your loss, and we walk with you during these difficult days. We hope you will know in this time how deeply this person and your family are loved.

To everyone at Superior Cedar, we are so sorry for your loss at this time. You are a foundation in our community, and when you are shaken, we are shaken with you. We have confidence that we will overcome and rebuild together, and we stand with you.

To those in our community who saw the need and immediately jumped in to serve, we recognize you and thank you for your selflessness. Thank you for coming towards the danger and asking how you could help. Thank you for bringing water, food, and other supplies for those engaged in the fight. We take pride in a community that is willing to set themselves aside in order to care for their neighbors.

To the many firefighters and other emergency responders, we thank you immensely for your commitment to save lives and for preparing to serve communities like ours in moments like these. We saw an outpouring of care from 28 different fire stations: every fire station in our county (Nadeau, Daggett, Spaulding, Stephenson, Mellen, Faithorn, Gourley, Harris, Ford River, and others) and from several fire stations beyond our county as well (Escanaba, Marinette, Peshtigo, Mountain, Wausaukee, and others). Without your aid, there would certainly be so much more loss and sadness for our community. You will be honored and remembered with so much thankfulness because of your preparedness and readiness to serve that day.

To the office of the governor of Michigan, we thank you for calling our village, recognizing our tragedy, and offering us assistance. You have shown that every city, town, and village in Michigan matters to you by this attention and offer. We are proud to be a part of this great state. Thank you for your care towards us in our time of need.

To anyone whose contribution in this time we have overlooked in ignorance, your service is no less significant. It is a comfort to know that needs have been met beyond our awareness, and our gratitude will grow as we realize how much more has been done than we see even now.

May the village of Carney continue to rally behind one another, support each other, and lift up our neighbors when the need should rise again in our community and beyond. Our sadness is mixed with great respect and thankfulness because of the love poured out on us by you and caring people and communities all around us.

With profound gratitude,

The Board of the Village of Carney






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