A fire broke out inside this building in the Hubbard Oaks Apartment complex in Mount Clemens April 14. One resident sustained minor burn injuries, and several other tenants were treated for smoke inhalation.

A fire broke out inside this building in the Hubbard Oaks Apartment complex in Mount Clemens April 14. One resident sustained minor burn injuries, and several other tenants were treated for smoke inhalation.

Photo by Julie Snyder


Firefighters battle structure fires, urge importance of detectors

By: Julie Snyder | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published April 18, 2019

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Local fire departments responded to two large structure fires the weekend of April 13-14. And while there were no fatalities, fire officials are using the incidents to remind residents of the importance of working smoke detectors in the home.

Mount Clemens Fire Lt. Charles Jawor confirmed that both fires occurred inside multi-family buildings in the city. 

Firefighters from Mount Clemens and Harrison Township responded to a fire at a two-story, two-unit apartment building in the 100 block of Grand Avenue at 1:46 a.m. April 13.

According to Jawor, a small appliance fire erupted in one of the units, causing smoke damage as well as some fire damage to the originating unit. 

“It appears to have started from a microwave,” he said. “Everyone inside got out, and there were no injuries.”

Jawor said it could have been worse had the residents not been alerted by the smoke detector.

“Always make sure the smoke detectors (are) either working properly or have fresh batteries,” he said.

Jawor said that, per building codes, all units in an apartment building, as well as the landings or stairways, must have a smoke detector. 

In an effort to assist residents, Mount Clemens Fire Department Local 838 recently started giving away free smoke alarms as well as carbon monoxide detectors. The effort, which launched in January, was made possible through private donations and sponsorships from local organizations. Any resident who is in need of the lifesaving devices can call the fire station and request a gift bag that contains the detectors and extra batteries, educational materials about smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and family escape plans.

To request a smoke detector gift bag, call the Mount Clemens Fire Department at (586) 469-6840.

Smoke detectors may have also saved many lives at one Hubbard Oaks apartment building at 198 Hubbard Ave. on April 14.

Jawor said firefighters and Macomb County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to the tri-level apartment building at 3:31 a.m.

He said that when his department arrived, heavy smoke was observed billowing from multiple windows where trapped residents were attempting to escape. Deputies were able to assist two people out through windows on the middle level, while firefighters used a ladder to rescue four residents from top-level windows.

Jawor said the remaining two residents in the 12-unit building were freed once firefighters were able to reach them from inside. He said the fire was contained to a single apartment on the middle floor, where it appeared to have started in the kitchen area.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

“Four people were transported to the hospital, one for burns and the others for treatment for smoke inhalation,” Jawor said. He said the individual who received burns was still in the hospital at press time.

Mount Clemens was assisted by fire departments from Harrison, Clinton and Chesterfield townships, as well as Medstar.

Jawor said there was significant smoke damage to the building.

Call Staff Writer Julie Snyder at (586) 498-1039.

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