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UPDATE: Former city councilman & brother identified as victims in fatal fire

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A Michigan State Police investigation has confirmed that a former Alpena City councilman and his brother perished in a fatal barn fire Thursday afternoon.

The victims have been identified as 60 year-old James Anthony Polluch of Stanwood and 58 year-old Michael (Mike) Phillip Polluch of Alpena.

In addition to being a former city councilman, Mike Polluch was well known in the community as a driver for UPS and the long-time owner of Lee’s Miniature Golf. He retired from UPS.

Police said autopsies were performed in Grand Rapids to determine cause of death, however the results of those autopsies have not been released. In addition, the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The brothers died in a barn fire at 6904 Long Lake Road Thursday, shortly after 1 p.m. When police and fire crews arrived on scene around 1:13 p.m. the barn was fully engulfed in flames.

The two bodies were recovered from the ashes last night.

A K9 team was brought in Friday to see if any form of accelerant, such as gas, was used to fuel the fire, which might also indicate foul play. The result of that search is also unknown.