Saginaw-Chippewa rep calls Marathon fire ‘suspicious’
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STANDISH — Officials are still unsure how the fire that broke out at an abandoned Marathon station on South Huron Road in Standish Monday, Jan. 9 was started, but a representative of the Saginaw-Chippewa Tribe, which owns the property, does not believe it was randomly started.
“The investigation is still continuing, but it was a suspicious fire,” Frank Cloutier, public relations with the Saginaw-Chippewa Tribe, said.
The building has no electricity, and sat unoccupied for years, Standish Fire Chief Mitch Oliver told the Independent last week.
Oliver said there was no update on the investigation yet, adding that Michigan State Police fire marshal Lenny Jaskulka needs to look over the site.
Cloutier said the tribe owns the land near the US-23 interchange, and was in the process of adding it to its tribal land trust when the fire broke out.
Tearing down the abandoned building was something the tribe was looking into prior to the fire, he said.
Firefighters from the Standish Area Fire Authority, the Sterling Area Fire Department, the Omer-Arenac Fire Department, and the Pinconning-Fraser Fire Department were battling the fire for nearly two hours before it was extinguished.