Fire News

Published July 13, 2016

TROY — Each year, fifth-graders in the Troy School District are challenged to complete home fire safety checklists to ensure their homes have working fire detectors, a designated outside meeting spot and a family escape plan, and that they practice fire escape drills at home. 

The students are also challenged to complete home fire safety checklists for homes of friends, family and neighbors. 

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Published July 13, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Crews from three West Bloomfield fire stations responded to a structure fire in the 6300 block of St. James Drive, near West Maple and Orchard Lake roads, shortly after midnight June 28.

According to Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist, the residents smelled something burning, and upon investigation, they found a fire near their pool heater and deck. The fire had spread to a nearby fence and overhang, he said. 

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Published July 11, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council is in discussion with its Fire Department about purchasing a new fire truck for the station.

The department is looking to buy a Pierce Velocity-PUC Fire Pumper, which would cost the city $564,611 and come out of the city’s general fund. The vehicle would be built in the next 10 months after the city agreed to buy it.

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Published July 11, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — The ban issued July 1 by the Shelby Township Fire Department on all fireworks and bonfires, due to dry conditions, did not deter residents on the Fourth of July weekend.

Shelby Township Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said the Fire Department responded to four grass fires, a dumpster fire caused by the ignition of discarded fireworks, and a couch outside an apartment building that caught fire likely due to fireworks.

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Published July 6, 2016

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Whoever the Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Department hires next is going to have some big shoes to fill.

Peers say veteran Farms Public Safety Lt. Jack Patterson — who retired June 24 after 33 years and four months on the job — was not only a well-rounded public safety officer, but also someone to whom others could turn for answers or information.

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Published July 6, 2016

ROCHESTER — A new fire rescue vehicle will soon be seen cruising around the streets of Rochester.

On June 13, the Rochester City Council approved the purchase of a rescue squad vehicle at a cost of $560,000. The money comes from the fleet replacement plan in the capital projects fund.

The rescue squad vehicle, which will replace a 2006 vehicle with 14,650 miles and 1,780 hours of service on it, carries specialized equipment for various hazards, according to Rochester Fire Chief John Cieslik.

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Published July 5, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A local deaf man sent a 911 text to the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office to report an oven fire in his home at 7:44 p.m. June 30 in the 3800 block of Dearborn, a police report states.

The fire in the home, near Livernois and Auburn roads, was quickly extinguished by Rochester Hills Fire Department firefighters, and no injuries were reported.

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Published July 5, 2016

Two dogs died in a house fire in the 22000 block of 12 Mile Road over the Fourth of July weekend, but fire officials say fireworks were not to blame.

The St. Clair Shores Fire Department was called to the home around 1:40 p.m. July 2 after a neighbor across the street saw visible flames from the house, said Fire Marshal M. Bodnar.

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Published July 4, 2016

Sterling Heights city officials recently received the fresh air of good news when they learned that federal firefighting aid could help replace compressed air filling stations at two Sterling Heights fire stations.

The city announced in June that the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is sending more than $176,000 in new grant money to the Sterling Heights Fire Department. According to the city, the grant requires a 10 percent city match.

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Published June 30, 2016

The Sterling Heights Fire Department rescued a pet from a burning home June 30.

At around 10 a.m., the Fire Department learned of a house fire in the 8700 block of Shannon Drive, a bit north of the intersection of Clinton River Road and Riverland Drive, according to Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin.

“The report was there was heavy smoke coming from the house and … there might be an occupant in the house,” he said.

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Published June 29, 2016

At approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, fire crews were called to the scene of an inferno that consumed the majority of a deck, home and garage on Mallard Court, near 21 Mile and Hayes roads.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said the blaze originated in a gazebo over a hot tub next to the deck, which spread to the wooden deck and into the house. Flames traveled up the wall, into the roof and burned away half of the house between the kitchen and the garage.

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Published June 29, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — At the Madison Heights Fire Department, certain members train as part of the Technical Rescue Team. They specialize in the most difficult and dangerous of rescues — those involving high-angle rescues, confined spaces, building collapses and trench collapses. It’s a position where a firefighter can find themselves 200 feet off the ground, dangling in the air, in a hole barely wider than their body, with poor lighting and breathing conditions, and someone’s life on the line.  

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Published June 29, 2016

Firefighters fought a garage fire and managed a gas leak in back-to-back incidents last week.

According to reports, firefighters were called to a detached garage fire on Rowland, in the Big Beaver and Dequindre area, just after 10 a.m. June 22.

Firefighters could see a tall column of black smoke from several miles away, and police in the area could see flames, Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said in a prepared statement.

The flames were showing from the one-story garage and were impinging on the home and a neighbor’s garage, Riesterer said.

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Published June 29, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although it was something put in the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, Fire Chief George Morehouse said a new roof on the city’s North Fire Station can’t wait.

“The roof had been showing significant deterioration,” he told City Council in May. “We thought we were going to be able to control that occurrence. 

“This spring, the roof leaks have increased.”

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Published June 27, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  West Bloomfield’s oldest fire station no longer meets the needs of the crew members or the community. 

That is why the West Bloomfield Fire Department is in the beginning stages of designing a more effective building to replace Fire Station No. 3 — located at 3340 Green Lake Road in West Bloomfield.

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Published June 22, 2016

Firefighters evacuated guests from their rooms at the Homewood Suites, 1495 Equity Drive, the morning of June 18 after a fire was reported in the one-story pool building attached to the four-story hotel just after 8 a.m.

Firefighters found smoke in the attic of the pool room, and they discovered that a ventilation unit had overheated and caused the smoke, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer. Lights flickered throughout the inside of the hotel, and DTE Energy was called to the scene.

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Published June 22, 2016

It was hardly par for the course for the Sterling Heights Fire Department when firefighters put out a building fire caused by a flaming golf cart at Plum Brook Golf Club June 12.

According to Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin, Fire Engine No. 1 arrived at the golf course just after 7 p.m. after the department heard that a golf cart was on fire.

Martin said the golf cart reportedly malfunctioned while it was out on the golf course.

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Published June 20, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville, let the games begin.

It’s time already for the second annual Guns ‘N’ Hoses softball game, set for 2 p.m. July 10 at Roseville High School, 17855 Common Road.

The game once again will have Roseville’s Police and Fire departments square off — with the Fire Department looking to defend its win.
Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. with a host of activities for children and adults alike; the game will take place at the high school’s softball diamond-east section.

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Published June 16, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s a tale as old as time — a cat in a tree. 

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Published June 15, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A new fire engine will be rolling into Roseville, thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants.

The city will receive approximately a half-million dollars to purchase equipment and replace a 1993 fire engine through the program, which requires a 10 percent match, said Fire Chief Mike Holland.

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