September 29, 2016

State police investigating car fire in Tyler Plains

6/17/14

ARENAC TWP. — No one was injured in a car fire in the Tyler Plains June 16, and the Michigan State Police are investigating the incident.

The fire was reported at approximately 1 a.m. Omer-Arenac Fire Department Chief Brian Leja said the car fire caused about two acres of woods and grass to burn as well. Wood piles left from clear-cutting that occurred in the plains also ignited, Leja said.

“There were some big piles from where they did some clear-cutting,” he said. “The (Department of Natural Resources) did some clear-cutting last year.”

Leja said firefighters were on scene for approximately two and a half hours before the scene was cleared.

“There’s not much traffic out that way, so before anybody called it in it had burned for quite a while,” he said.

Arenac County Undersheriff Don McIntyre said the car fire may be related to a stolen car reported in Whittemore over the weekend, which is also being investigated by the MSP.

The Twining-Mason-Turner Fire Department, DNR and Arenac County Sheriff’s Department assisted on the scene.

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