UPDATE: Employee dies in fire at Superior Cedar Products in Carney

The fire investigation is ongoing, and an exact cause has not yet been determined. The victim has not been identified.
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Published: Aug. 5, 2021 at 5:20 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 6, 2021 at 3:59 PM EDT
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CARNEY, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE: Aug. 6 3:40 p.m.: More details about the Thursday fire at Superior Cedar Products in Carney has been released.

According to the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to the scene for the report of an equipment fire that had spread to the unprocessed wood piles at about 2:00 p.m. central Aug. 5.

When sheriff’s office deputies arrived, they attempted to locate all employees, but one was unaccounted for. After an intense search, the employee was located on a piece of burning equipment.

Law enforcement and fire personnel were unable to assist the victim because of the intense heat from the fire. The name of the victim has not yet been released.

Immediately, Menominee County deputies assisted Nadeau Fire at the scene.

A short time later, EMS, law enforcement and fire personnel from Menominee, Delta, and Dickinson counties in Michigan and Marinette County in Wisconsin were called to assist.

In total, 175 personnel responded with 52 pieces of fire-fighting equipment, 5 EMS units and six law enforcement units.

The American Red Cross and Menominee County Victims Services Unit were also at the scene to provide support, food and water for responding personnel.

“Our deepest appreciation goes out to our staff and the first responders from the surrounding areas,” Menominee County Sheriff’s Office said in a release. “The rapid response was nothing short of amazing. Thank you to all the first responders.”

The fire investigation is ongoing, and an exact cause has not yet been determined.

This story will be updated if more information becomes available.

UPDATE: Aug. 6 9:27 a.m.: One person has died as a result of the fire at Superior Cedar Products in Carney Thursday afternoon.

No further information is available at this time.

Firefighters remain on scene to watch for flare ups. TV6 & FOX UP will provide more updates as they become available.

UPDATE: Aug. 5 10:20 p.m.: Governor Whitmer has declared a state of emergency for Menominee County after a large fire erupted at a lumber yard.

The fire was reported around 2 p.m. CT on Thursday at Superior Cedar Products in Carney.

More than 100 firefighters throughout the region responded to the out-of-control blaze.

“Right now, it is an all-hand-on-deck effort to contain the blaze to ensure that we protect life and property, and prevent this fire from spreading further,” said Governor Whitmer. “That’s why we are declaring a state of emergency for Menominee County to make every state resource is available to help in these efforts. I want to thank the brave first responders who rushed to the scene for their incredible sacrifices.”

The cause of the fire is still unknown at this time.

UPDATE: First responders from Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties are responding to a large fire at Superior Cedar Products off US-41 in Carney.

The fire included one machine, and a pile of lumber.

TV6′s Clint McLeod was at the scene, and said more departments were being called out to help dampen the fire and smoke.

At this time, officials at the scene would not release details about any injuries. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. The scene was still active as of 7:45 p.m. CT.

As more information becomes available, it will be shared through TV6.

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