House fire claims life of L’Anse man

FATAL FIRE–A mid-morning fire on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, took the life of the lone occupant at this North 4th Street home in L’Anse. Christopher Botruff was found just a few feet from the back door, unresponsive. Efforts to resusciatate the man were unsuccessful. L’Anse Fire Chief Mike Bianco said it was the first fatal fire in L’Anse during his 37 years with the department.

by Barry Drue
A house fire claimed the life of a L’Anse man on Wednesday morning, Jan. 29, 2020. Christopher Botruff, 57, was found unresponsive when L’Anse Police entered a back door at the home at 422 North 4th Street. Life-saving measures were unsuccessful. Botruff lived alone at the home. The L’Anse Police Department, L’Anse Fire Department, Baraga County Sheriff ’s Department , Michigan State Police, Baraga Police Department and Bay Ambulance were on the scene. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.