Semi considered total loss after fire at JB Hunt

Published: Jun. 21, 2016 at 11:28 AM EDT
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The Chocolay Township Fire Department was dispatched to JB Hunt trucking repair facility Tuesday morning for reports of smoke coming from the building.

Officials say they responded around 3:45 a.m. to the property on 5025 U.S. 41 South. Upon arriving on the scene, heavy black smoke was seen coming from the building. Firefighters made entry into the building and were met by heavy smoke and intense heat. The structure fire was ventilated, and firefighters encountered a semi-truck in the garage fully engulfed in fire.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the semi. They then had to remove the ceiling above the semi as the fire had extended into the attic facility.

According to the fire department, fire damage was kept to a minimum in the structure, however it did suffer extensive smoke damage. A second semi parked in the garage also received smoke and heat damage. The fire is believed to have originated with the first semi, which is considered a total loss.

The Michigan State Police Fire Investigator will assist the Chocolay Township Fire Department in determining the cause of the fire, which is believed to be accidental.

No injuries were reported, and firefighters cleared the scene at 7:30 a.m.

The Chocolay Township Fire Department was assisted at the scene by Marquette County Central Dispatch, Sands Township Fire Department, Marquette Township Fire Department, UP Health Systems Marquette and the Marquette City Police.