UPDATE: The names of those who passed away in the fire have been released. Investigators are still working to make a positive identification but they are believed to be 32-year-old John Makela and 27-year-old Breanna Makela. The autopsy is still pending and the coroner is attempting to use dental records and DNA to positively identify the remains.
HOUGHTON COUNTY, Mich. (WJMN) – On January 7, troopers from the Michigan State Police responded to a structure fire in Portage Township with reports of two people trapped inside the residence.
The two people have now been confirmed deceased, their identities are being withheld until positive identification is obtained through autopsies later this week. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.
Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, Otter Lake Fire Department, Mercy EMS, Stanton Twp. Fire Department and Chassell fire department responded to the incident.