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Fire destroys shed at Troy church during high winds

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published March 18, 2020

 High winds hamper firefighters’ efforts to extinguish a blaze in the shed of Motor City Church March 13.

High winds hamper firefighters’ efforts to extinguish a blaze in the shed of Motor City Church March 13.

Photo provided by the Troy Fire Department

 Numerous 911 callers reported a fire when a huge column of black smoke could be seen rising from behind the church.

Numerous 911 callers reported a fire when a huge column of black smoke could be seen rising from behind the church.

Photo provided by the Troy Fire Department

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TROY — Troy firefighters were called to the scene of a shed that caught fire at the Motor City Church at 3668 Livernois Road north of Big Beaver Road, just before 3:45 p.m March 13.

Numerous 911 callers reported the fire when a very large column of black smoke could be seen rising from behind the church, according to a press release.

More crews were called in when dispatchers were aware a large storage building was involved.

According to the press release, fire officials confirmed that a large, (approximately 100’ x 60’) storage building was fully involved, and deployed a defensive strategy, attacking the blaze with a large-volume master stream nozzle from the front of the structure.

But due to high winds affecting the stream, it was shut down and a large-volume portable nozzle was deployed in its place, closer to the fire, according to the press release.

The high westerly winds contributed to extending the fire into the surrounding grass and woods on the east side of the property, the release states.

Firefighters deployed an additional hose line to simultaneously extinguish the rapidly spreading brush fire. The National Weather Service had reported steady winds at 19 mph, gusting to 25 mph at the time of the fire.

Crews requested an excavator from the Troy Department of Public Works.

What was left of the roof and walls of the garage had collapsed, prohibiting water streams from reaching the remaining fire, the release states.

Once they arrived and began removing debris, firefighters could more quickly and safely complete their overhaul assignments, the release states.

Firefighters were on the scene for just over two and a half hours.

The building is a total loss.

According to the release, the church was occupied and was operating a day care at the time of the fire.

But neither the day care, nor the occupants of the church, were threatened by the fire, the release states.

Nobody was hurt. The fire remains under investigation.

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