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Posted on Wed, Dec 28, 2011 : 6:30 p.m.

Wood-burning sauna destroyed in Ann Arbor fire

By Danielle Arndt

A wood-burning sauna behind a home at 805 Third St. in Ann Arbor was destroyed after catching fire Wednesday evening.

The Ann Arbor Fire Department responded to the call at 5:15 p.m. Battalion Chief Robert Vogel said the 10-by-10 foot, free-standing sauna was a total loss, and the corner of a nearby garage suffered minor damage.

Vogel said the male tenant of the home started the wood burning in the sauna's stove around noon today with the intention of using the sauna this evening. The tenant’s wife and his neighbor both saw the flames, which were shooting out of the roof, and called 911, Vogel said.

He added he could not estimate the total damage, not knowing how much it cost to build the sauna. It took about 10 minutes to put out the flames, he said.

The tenant, his wife and their dog were home at the time of the fire. There were no injuries.

The fire remains under investigation.

Staff reporter Danielle Arndt covers K-12 education for Follow her on Twitter @DanielleArndt or email her at



Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 4:42 p.m.

Maybe it was supposed to be a "dry" sauna.


Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 2:17 p.m.

Wood+fire= burned up. Wow,who figured this out? Must be another slow news day at the desk.

Danielle Arndt

Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 5:45 a.m.

Thank you for pointing out the street direction error. The "west" has been removed.

hut hut

Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 3:42 a.m.

Google maps is smarter than whoever entered the wrong address. 805 w 3rd was entered and Google knew it was wrong and 805 3rd pops up without the E or W. That's like someone not knowing the difference between the numbered streets and the numbered avenues in A2. Is it possible to get an address change or doesn't annarbordotcom care about accuracy in reporting. What a silly question.


Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 9:50 p.m.

Wow you seem to have very strong feelings about this. What question are you referring to as silly?

Kk Ichikawa

Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 2:25 a.m. CAN travel east or west on Third St....for a very short distance...then you hit a curb!!

hut hut

Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 1:41 a.m.

Third St runs North/South. There is no West 3rd St.


Thu, Dec 29, 2011 : 1:33 a.m.

Oh the humanity...!