UPDATE: Large fire destroys most of downtown Calumet block

The cause of the fire is unknown. Three firefighters were treated for injuries. Between 20-30 people are now without a home.
Video from Aiden Peryam shows the front of the burning building on S. 5th St. collapsing early Saturday morning.
Published: May. 22, 2021 at 12:22 AM EDT|Updated: May. 22, 2021 at 12:00 PM EDT
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CALUMET, Mich. (WLUC) - Nearly an entire block in downtown Calumet was destroyed by a fire late Friday night and early Saturday morning.

The 100 block of 5th Street is taped off with police tape. The property owners don’t want anyone on the property and it is being treated as a criminal investigation right now. People who trespass or steal will be subject to prosecution.

Copper World and Keweenaw Coffee Works are both open. The police tape does not extend to those businesses.

The sheriff’s office is working with the Michigan State Police Fire Marshall and ATF. If you have any information about the fire or know of any suspicious behavior, call the Sheriff at 906-482-0055.

According to the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, the fire was reported at 10:49 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of 5th street in the village of Calumet. Calumet Village Fire Department and Laurium Village Police Department arrived first on scene and evacuated the people in the buildings of 104 to 120 5th St.

Twelve local fire departments responded and fought the fire: Ahmeek Village Fire; Bootjack Fire; Calumet Township Fire; Calumet Village Fire; Dollar Bay Fire; Hancock Fire; Houghton Fire; Hubbell Fire; Lake Linden Fire; Laurium Fire; Quincy-Franklin-Hancock Township Fire; and Tamarack City Fire.

Three Calumet Village firefighters were hurt while fighting the fire. They were taken to Aspirus Keweenaw, treated and released. An additional firefighter was treated and released from the hospital Sunday afternoon. Those are the only reported injuries.

The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office says the buildings of 108 to 120 5th St. are considered a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown, the Michigan State Police Fire Marshal was contacted. The buildings housed a laundromat with about 15 apartments above; the former Evergreen Restaurant; and the former Calumet Tattoo Company.

Between 20 and 30 people are now without a home. The Copper Country Police and Fire Relief Fund, Red Cross and Salvation Army responded and assisted those people.

Michigan American Water issued a precautionary boil advisory Saturday morning for the Villages of Calumet and Laurium and the immediate surrounding area. That advisory was lifted on Monday, May 24, at 11:18 a.m.

The following agencies assisted the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office and the twelve fire departments: Michigan State Police Calumet Post; Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office; Laurium Village Police Department; Mercy EMS; B and B Contracting; UPPCO; and Semco.

A photo and video gallery is posted below. If you have videos or pictures of the fire, you can submit them here.

Donations for those impacted by the fire are being being accepted at the AmericInn Calumet and Salvation Army in Hancock. The grand opening of the roller rink at the Gipp Arena in Laurium Saturday night is now a benefit for fire victims.

The American Red Cross is working with local volunteers to coordinate efforts to help victims, specifically Dianne St Amour of the AmericInn Calumet. She has shared a list of immediate needs (see below). Call Dianne at 906-337-6463 to coordinate drop-offs.

According to Main Street Calumet, there is also a need to gather information about the people displaced by the fire. If you were displaced it is important that you register with the Red Cross so appropriate assistance can be provided to the community. If you were displaced from your home (even in you have a place to stay currently) please get in touch with the Red Cross or Dianne at 906-337-6463.

The AmericInn of Calumet is collecting for fire victims:

  • Age Pants Shirt Shoes Under garments
  • Family Male 38x30 XL 11 Needed
  • Female 14 XL 38 A orB
  • Female 7 7/8 9/10 1 Needed
  • Male 18 months 18 months 18 months 5 or 6 toddler 4 diapers
  • Age Pants Shirt Shoes Under garments
  • Family Male 32x32 med sweat pants XL 14 Needed
  • Age Pants Shirt Shoes Under garments
  • Family Male 32x30 med 10.5 Needed
  • Female 14 Med 8 32B
  • Age Pants Shirt Shoes Under garments
  • Family Male 34x32 lg Needed
  • Female Small Med 6 Needed
  • Female 11 years 10/12 10/12 6 Needed
  • Female 8 years 8 8 Needed
  • Female 4years 3/4 T 3/4 T Needed
  • Male 2 years 3/4 T 3/4 T Needed
  • Male 7 years 8/10 8/10 Needed
  • Age Pants Shirt Shoes Under garments
  • Family Male 36x34 Med 11 Needed
  • Age Pants Shirt Shoes Under garments
  • Family Male 31x32 LG/XL 10 Needed

PLEASE NOTE: Some submitted videos may have strong, emotional language.

Photo and Video Gallery
A viewer photo of the fire on S. 5th St. in Calumet, May 21, 2021.
A viewer photo of the fire on S. 5th St. in Calumet, May 21, 2021.(Hanna Wescott)

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