Victim identified in deadly Bessemer house fire


BESSEMER, Mich. (WJMN) – Lonnie Ray Niemi, has been identified as the person whose body was found after a house fire on Tuesday. Michigan State Police provided the name on Thursday. They also added the cause of the fire has not been determined yet and is still under investigation.

Around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9, Troopers from the Wakefield State Police Post were dispatched to a structure fire at 213 Sellar St. in the city of Bessemer, Gogebic County.

Upon arrival the house was being consumed by flames. Troopers attempted to enter the residence to locate anyone inside but were unable too due to the intense flames and smoke.

The Bessemer City and Bessemer Township Fire Departments responded and extinguished the fire. Afterwords Troopers discovered that a person had died in the home.

The MSP Fire Marshall and an MSP Accelerant Detection K-9 have been called in to investigate the cause of the fire.

Assisting at the scene was the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Dept.

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