Fire News

Published August 26, 2016

WARREN — A house fire in the 21000 block of Audrey, near Eight Mile and Mound, remained under investigation Aug. 24, two days after first responders reportedly found “suspicious” circumstances when they arrived to battle the blaze.

Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said the fire was initially reported by Detroit Fire Department dispatch at 7:03 p.m. on Aug. 22.

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Published August 24, 2016

EASTPOINTE — During the Eastpointe City Council meeting Aug. 16, council members authorized the city manager to purchase three new mobile data computers for Eastpointe Fire Department engines 1 and 2 and ladder truck 1.

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Published August 24, 2016

UTICA — City officials are celebrating the announcement of a $273,715 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program that will fund new air packs and turnout gear for the Utica Fire Department.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program’s primary goal is to provide financial help to equip and train emergency personnel, according to www.fema.gov.

Utica Fire Chief Kevin Wilseck said new air packs are a “dire need.”

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Published August 23, 2016

DTE Energy and first responders rescued a man who became trapped in a garbage truck when he inadvertently pulled down electrical wires while emptying a dumpster behind 22225 Kelly Road Aug. 23.

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Published August 19, 2016

WARREN/FERNDALE — Relatives and friends of a Warren family who escaped their burning home but lost most of their belongings have set up a GoFundMe page to assist them.

Glenn and Brittany Foster, both originally from Ferndale, were left picking up the pieces Aug. 17 after their home in the 3100 block of Menge, near 11 Mile and Ryan, burned to a near total loss.

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said the call came in at 7:13 a.m. and was reported by Glenn Foster.

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Published August 17, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a new fire engine for the Fire Department that will replace one that is 28 years old.

The engine, a Pierce Velocity-PUC Fire Pumper, will replace a truck previously converted from an aerial to a pumper truck. The new engine will cost $564,611, while the old pumper should sell for $8,000 to $10,000. The money for the purchase will come from the general fund.

With the purchase now agreed upon, the Fire Department can put in its order to build the new truck.

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Published August 17, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — What future college student couldn’t use a few extra bucks?

Three local students’ academic achievements recently paid off when they were each given $1,000 scholarships by way of the Clinton Township Fire Department.

Money raised through an annual golf outing sparked an idea among members of the department, according to Lt. Paul Brouwer — who is also president of Clinton Township Fire Fighters Union No. 1381, of the International Association of Fire Fighters. The labor union represents firefighters across the U.S. and Canada.

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Published August 17, 2016

Eastpointe City Council members approved the purchase of two thermal imaging cameras for the Eastpointe Fire Department and tabled until the next meeting the approval to purchase two police patrol vehicles for the Eastpointe Police Department during the Aug. 9 City Council meeting.

Currently, the Eastpointe Fire Department owns three thermal imaging cameras that are used during firefighter operations. Out of the three thermal imaging cameras, one is a new model purchased in December 2015. They will now purchase two new thermal imaging cameras to replace two older cameras.

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Published August 17, 2016

WARREN — A police investigation was ongoing Aug. 17 after Warren firefighters found a 55-year-old man deceased in a burning home near Eight Mile and Gratiot.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department confirmed that a dead body was found at the home on La Salle Boulevard, south of Toepfer. It was unknown how the man died, and further details were withheld as the investigation continued.

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said firefighters were dispatched to a home in the 21000 block of LaSalle Boulevard after a neighbor called 911 at 8:07 a.m.

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Published August 15, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 11, Shelby Township broke ground on its fifth fire station, to be located on a 4-acre parcel of land on the east side of Schoenherr Road, north of 21 Mile Road.

Officials hope to see the building constructed before the end of the year.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski addressed a small crowd assembled on plywood planks before he, township and community officials, and members of the design-build team scooped a celebratory shovel of dirt, careful not to fling the sunbaked soil too far.

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Published August 11, 2016

A passer-by saw smoke and flames coming from the attached garage of a medium-sized, single-story home on Hylane Drive, near Adams and Wattles Road, just after 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

According to reports, responding units could see a tall column of smoke several miles away.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered heavy smoke and flames through the garage roof that threatened to spread to the home, according to fire officials.

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Published August 3, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Residents across the greater West Bloomfield area will see nine new friendly faces at the West Bloomfield Fire Department. 

Damon Brown, Michael Starkel, Carly Mocny, Aaron Mann, Kevin Chenet, Gregory LaPointe, Eric Stange, Alex Heber and Jeremy Adkins finished their two-week training course with the department July 22.  

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Published August 3, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Fire crews from six West Bloomfield Fire Department stations responded to a house fire in the 3000 block of Winterberry Drive, near Commerce and Union Lake roads, July 14.

Upon arrival, crew members located the fire in the master bedroom area. The fire was extinguished, but extensive smoke damage was noted throughout the entire house, which is over 5,000 square feet, according to West Bloomfield Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist. The residents and their dogs escaped unharmed. 

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Published August 3, 2016

FRASER — The Fraser Department of Public Safety is investigating a grill explosion that occurred around 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3 at El Charro, on 14 Mile Road near Garfield Road.

The incident occurred before normal business hours. Two employees — a manager and a prep cook — were lighting the pilot on a grill when it suddenly exploded.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — Firefighters are often known to rescue cats stuck in trees, but the Rochester Fire Department saved a different kind of animal in distress early last month.

Firefighters were called in to try to rescue a bird that was hanging from the cables over the duck pond in Rochester Municipal Park July 1.

Rochester Hills resident Noreen Warner said she saw the bird while walking her dog in the park, and she flagged down city staff to get help.

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Published August 3, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On July 19, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the third and final phase of Fire Station No. 5 — construction and outfitting of the building, to be located on the east side of Schoenherr Road, north of 21 Mile Road.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski estimated the total project construction cost, including a traffic light, to be approximately $1.9 million, with a total cost, including permit fees and outfitting the fire station and vehicles, of $2.5 million.

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Published July 27, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — A DTE Energy substation caught on fire around noon July 18 at Drake Road and 12 Mile Road, causing about 5,000 residents to lose power for several hours.

Emergency Preparedness Commission Chair Tim Tutak said that power outages can happen at any time, and when they happen during high temperatures, staying hydrated and cool is key. 

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Published July 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — What began as a way to help students afford higher education, children experience summer without thinking of their injuries and families have a brighter Christmas has evolved into a friendly rivalry between local police officers and firefighters.

“They put a plastic trophy in front of firemen and cops, and we’re pretty competitive — we both want that trophy,” said Scott Campbell, of the St. Clair Shores Fire Department. “We want those bragging rights.”

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Published July 18, 2016

A 64-year-old Sterling Heights resident died in one of two house fires that occurred on the same day recently.

According to the Fire Department, at about 9:25 p.m. July 8, five Sterling Heights fire stations coordinated to put out a house fire in the 2000 block of Newell Drive. As Sterling Heights firefighters worked, the Warren and Clinton Township fire departments were asked to assist in guarding the city from additional problems.

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Published July 13, 2016

TROY — Plans will proceed after the Troy Planning Commission approved designs for a new fire station on Maple Road, east of John R Road.

The commission unanimously approved the site plan for Station 4 at its June 28 meeting. 

Troy City Planner R. Brent Savidant said that the old fire station will remain open while construction on the new 10,500-square-foot structure is completed, then the old station will be demolished. 

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