The West Bloomfield Fire Department responded to a fire at the Pebble Creek Condominiums the morning of Jan. 15.

The West Bloomfield Fire Department responded to a fire at the Pebble Creek Condominiums the morning of Jan. 15.

Photo provided by the West Bloomfield Fire Department


Two firefighters injured in slippery conditions

By: Maddie Forshee | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published January 22, 2018

 Three of the four units in the building were severely damaged, and the fourth unit sustained some damage.

Three of the four units in the building were severely damaged, and the fourth unit sustained some damage.

Photo provided by the West Bloomfield Fire Department

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Fire Department responded to a call of a fire in a residence the morning of Jan. 15. 

Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist said the fire in the Pebble Creek Condominiums, located at 7182 Creeks Crossing, was reported at 10:11 a.m.

Units from all six WBFD stations responded to the call and arrived at the scene at 10:22 a.m. Firefighters saw flames through the roof of the four-unit building, said Turnquist. 

Police were also on the scene.

“(The West Bloomfield Police Department) helped determine everyone had made it out of the condominiums,” said Turnquist. “There were at least 10 (people).” 

Three of the condominiums were severely damaged by the fire, and the fourth unit sustained smoke damage and minor water damage, according to Turnquist. 

Firefighters evaluated one child at the scene for smoke inhalation, but the child was not taken to the hospital and is reportedly doing fine.

Two firefighters sustained minor injuries at the scene due to slippery conditions, said Turnquist. 

“The cold conditions were challenging for the firefighters,” said Fire Chief Greg Flynn. “They met the challenge and did a great job extinguishing the fire.” 

Flynn said that both firefighters are doing well and will return to work soon. 

Fire officials are still investigating the scene and are working to determine the cause of the fire. 

“There is a lot of damage in the condominium where the fire originated,” said Turnquist. “We’re going to take our time and (investigate) as safely as possible.” 

Turnquist said homeowners should have working smoke alarms in every bedroom and near every sleeping area.

“Fire grows very rapidly, and smoke and toxic gases spread even faster,” he said. 

Flynn recommends that families have an escape plan in case of an emergency. He said the escape plan should include two ways out of the home in case one of the ways is blocked by fire. 

Turnquist said the department is working to set up accommodations for the families who have been displaced. 

The Waterford Regional Fire Department and the Bloomfield Township Fire Department helped handle other calls while firefighters from the WBFD were committed to the condominium fire.

A representative for the condominium complex could not be reached for comment by press time.