Fire forces Marquette medical center evacuation

MARQUETTE – A fire the Upper Peninsula Medical Center forced evacuation of the complex this morning.

The Marquette Fire Department responded to a fire call at approximately 7:50 a.m. and the building, at 1414 W. Fair Ave., was evacuated. According to Marquette Fire Chief Tom Belt, the fire originated in the basement of the medical center and was confined to one area of the basement.

Due to the fire, the medical center has canceled all appointments until noon, said Jennifer Heikkila, media coordinator for Marquette General Hospital.