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Published June 15, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Police and Fire departments are conducting a joint investigation into an alleged arson incident that occurred on Azalea Court, near West 14 Mile Road and Haggerty Highway, at around 1 a.m. May 31. 

According to West Bloomfield Deputy Police Chief Curt Lawson, the suspect, a 26-year-old West Bloomfield man, has fled the state. 

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Published June 15, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Based on the recent findings of a committee to explore staffing needs for the Macomb Township Fire Department, additional personnel may be coming to the department soon.

The Board of Trustees appointed a five-person committee during a May 25 meeting to review the department’s staffing needs.

On June 8, Fire Chief Robert Phillips provided the results of the committee’s discussions to the board.

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Published June 15, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On June 7, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve the site plan for the township’s fifth fire station on a 4-acre parcel of land located near 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said the station will address a big void of fire service in the southeastern section of the township, and that he believes its implementation will result in a lower overall ISO rating.

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Published June 8, 2016

A home on John R Road, south of Long Lake Road, across the street from the Troy Police and Fire Training Center, caught fire just after 1:30 p.m. June 1.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said that when the blaze was reported, the daughter of the homeowner, who lives nearby, was at the scene and confirmed that nobody was in the home.

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Published June 8, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — When it was built in 1956, the Brooklands Fire Station was all about firefighting.

But modern fire departments are equipped to handle almost any emergency — including medical aid, fire suppression, car accidents, hazardous material handling and more, while also providing a variety of public education, safety programs and building inspections.

“We make 18 to 20 runs a day,” said Rochester Hills Fire Department Lt. Fire Inspector Bill Cooke. “There are days we are in the 30s.”

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Published June 7, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Three pets died in a June 4 fire in the 200 block of Marquette Court, a police report states. Marquette Court is located near Drexelgate Parkway and Livernois Road.

A report of smoke and flames alerted police and fire officials to the site at around 4:41 p.m. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire except for the pets, the report states. The fire was successfully extinguished, and fire investigation officials determined the fire to have been accidental in nature.

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Published May 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Thanks to a grant, all 25 fire departments in Macomb County received classroom and hands-on training to recognize the signs of an impending flashover.

On May 25, Shelby Township and Utica firefighters were among those who endured a flashover simulation in a specially designed 50-foot trailer in the parking lot of the former Sunnybrook site in Sterling Heights.

A flashover occurs when all of the combustible particles in the air simultaneously ignite, sending a wave of fire that can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees throughout an enclosure.

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Published May 24, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Public safety officers were able to prevent a fire from spreading throughout a house in the 1300 block of Nottingham Road over the weekend.

Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni said officers from Grosse Pointe Park and City responded to the two-alarm fire, which started around 3:20 p.m. May 21. The fire appeared to have been caused by a candle left unattended in a bedroom, he said. Poloni said officers were able to contain the damage to the bedroom where the blaze began.

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Published May 23, 2016

Four families have found temporary living accommodations after a fire blazed through an attached condo unit on Brentwood Drive, in the Northfield Park and Long Lake Road area, just after 8 a.m. May 22.

Fire officials believe the blaze started in the kitchen on the first floor of a two-story, six-unit structure. Firefighters attacked the blaze, which had spread to the attic, from the first floor, according to reports.

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Published May 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Members of the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department will be receiving new fire equipment thanks to a federal grant the department was selected to receive. 

U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow recently announced that the department is one of three that will receive assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. 

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Published May 18, 2016

WARREN — A fire likely resulting from combustible material left near a space heater left two homes damaged on Prospect west of Van Dyke early on May 17.

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said firefighters were dispatched to the scene following a 911 call at 6:40 a.m.

“A neighbor reported it while walking the dog,” McAdams said. “The fire went through the window, the picture window, and flames impinged on the second house. The houses are really close together.”

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Published May 5, 2016

Cigarettes and an oxygen tank may have caused the death of a 72-year-old man who was found dead inside his burning home April 30.

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Published May 4, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At around 9:15 p.m. on April 24, the Clinton Township Fire Department was called to deal with fires at a Waste Management facility located near 14 Mile Road and Lipke Street.

Deputy Fire Chief Randy Kandt said he and others arrived to find four or five trucks in flames. Firefighters came in through the gated entrance and threw water on the flames to quickly relieve the situation. 

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Published May 2, 2016

Flames were showing through the roof when firefighters were called to a vacant home on Tutbury Lane, near Adams and Square Lake Roads, at 2:15 p.m. April 29.

Unsure if the home was occupied, firefighters searched the home and determined nobody was inside the ranch-style house, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer.

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Published April 19, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 78-year-old man died of a medical emergency recently during a small fire in his apartment.

According to Rochester Hills Fire Chief Sean Canto, fire officials were dispatched at 6:40 p.m. April 11 to an apartment in the 2500 block of Walton Boulevard.

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Published April 18, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A man died after suffering severe burns following a garage explosion April 4 in the 15000 block of Rudland, near Hayes and Common roads.

Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland said that they received calls from neighbors around 10:36 a.m. that there was an explosion and smoke coming from the man’s garage, and that they heard someone yelling inside the garage.

“Fortunately, our officer in charge was actually very close to the scene, as was a couple of our (Department of Public Services) workers,” Holland said.

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Published April 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — When a 3-year-old girl found her mother’s cigarette lighter and played with it, she reportedly lit the couch on fire, inhaling smoke. Her mother then burned her own hand trying to pat down the fire.

The incident occurred around 11:45 a.m. April 5 at the Concord Towers Apartments, located in the 32600 block of Concord, off 14 Mile near Oakland Mall.

According to Madison Heights Fire Marshal Shawn Knight, the unit is on the eighth floor and smoke could be seen from outside the building.

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Published April 12, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 5, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the design-build team that Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski and Township Engineer Fazal Khan recommended to complete the first two phases in the development of Fire Station No. 5.

Swinkowski said he and Khan interviewed the four top teams after sending out a request for qualification, and Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc. and Wing Construction Inc. came out on top.

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Published March 29, 2016

Sterling Heights residents who want the Fire Department to have an easier time reaching them now have a key solution.

This month, the Sterling Heights Fire Department started publicizing a voluntary residential lock box initiative for residents that can help the Fire Department enter homes in emergency situations.

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Published March 23, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although residents have approved a similar millage every few years since 2003, the proposal facing St. Clair Shores this August will have a few notable changes: namely, a higher millage rate and a lack of a guarantee of staffing levels in the ballot language.

The proposed language being put before voters Aug. 2 will call for up to 5 mills to be levied on residents for the next three years, beginning in 2017, to pay for police and fire operations in the city, an increase from the previous 2 mills levied.

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