Escanaba Public Safety

ESCANABA, MI--   No injuries are reported from a car fire in Escanaba. 

Monday around 4:30 p.m. Public Safety officers were called to 415 North Lincoln Road and found flames coming out of the engine compartment of a vehicle. Officers extinguished the fire, but the engine suffered extensive damage.

Officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire.

ESCANABA, MI--   Escanaba officials are investigating a structure fire that happened over the weekend. 

Saturday around 9:20 p.m. Escanaba Public Safety responded to the report of a fire at a residence on the 400 block of South 29th Street. The caller advised a large wooden sauna about 10 feet from the house was on fire. Officers arrived within minutes and knocked down the flames. The residence sustained no damage.

It was determined the wood stove inside the sauna got too hot and ignited one of the walls.

Officers remained at the scene for about an hour.


ESCANABA, MI--   A man has been arrested for child abuse in Delta County.

On Friday Escanaba Public Safety was notified of an infant being treated at St. Francis Hospital who presented signs of abuse.

The 21-year-old mother and 22-year-old father were questioned by police. Afterward the father was arrested and lodged at the Delta County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond. The mother was released.

The baby was transferred to St. Vincent Children’s Hospital in Green Bay for treatment of what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. 

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Escanaba Public Safety Department is investigating a Friday night house fire in Wells Township.

Firefighters were called around 10:30 p.m. to a residence on K.5 Lane and saw flames coming through the roof. They got the fire under control within 30 minutes. The house sustained smoke and water damage.

Officials say there were no injuries. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

The Escanaba Township Volunteer Fire Department, Delta County Sheriff’s Office, Central Dispatch, and Upper Peninsula Power Company assisted at the scene. 

WELLS TOWNSHIP, MI--   An ATV caught fire on property in Wells Township Monday.

Escanaba Public Safety officers responded around 10:30 p.m. to 4066 18th Road on a report of a barn fire. They later discovered the source of the flames was an ATV parked only feet from the barn.

The homeowner was able to use a pickup truck and plow to push the ATV and trailer away from the barn. Officers were able to extinguish the fire without any additional property damage.

No injuries were reported.

ESCANABA, MI--   Candy canes will be traded for non-perishable food items in the Escanaba and Gladstone areas Sunday. 

The annual food drive will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Taking part are firefighters, friends and family from Public Safety, the Gladstone Volunteer Fire Department, and the Escanaba Township Volunteer Fire Department.

They’ll walk and drive the area, handing out candy canes donated by Walmart and collecting non-perishables for the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.

Those who wish to participate should leave their porch light on. 

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Public Safety Department is investigating a vehicle fire on the 2700 block of 3rd Avenue North. 

Officers were called Friday morning around 3:30 to Classic Auto Collision and found the cab of a flat-bed truck fully engulfed. The truck was parked next to the building, which sustained minor damage.

The wrecker was a total loss.

No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

UPDATE, 12/13/17, 4:50 pm:  The woman who died in the crash has been identified as Patricia Fitch, 82, of Escanaba. The driver of the semi is Jeffery Egge, 46, of Gillet, Wisconsin.


ESCANABA, MI--   One person has been killed in a traffic accident near Escanaba. 

Public Safety officials say it happened Tuesday around 4:25 p.m. on Lakeshore Drive near Airport Drive. They say a southbound semi tractor-trailer was stopped for a school bus when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck driven by an 82-year-old Escanaba woman. 

ESCANABA, MI--   An Escanaba man is dead, after he became pinned underneath a vehicle Saturday.

The Escanaba Department of Public Safety was called around 2:50 p.m. to the 700 block of Charlotte Court. Officers found a 29-year-old man was performing mechanical work on a minivan. He had jacked up the vehicle and was underneath it when the jack slipped and the minivan fell on him. Officers deployed rescue airbags and lifted the vehicle off the man so ambulance personnel could get to him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other information is available at this time.

ESCANABA, MI--   Authorities have not yet released the name of a suspect who led police on a chase through Delta, Dickinson, and Menominee counties last week. 

Friday around 9:45 p.m. officers from Escanaba Public Safety responded to a report of a vehicle stolen from the 800 block of North Lincoln Road. About four-and-a-half hours later the vehicle was sighted by Norway Police, who tried to make a traffic stop. The driver sped off and led police on a chase through three counties. The chase ended when the vehicle crashed at the intersection of US-2 and M-69 in Delta County.