Firefighters put out building fire, extricate driver

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published December 14, 2016


Firefighters responded to two incidents within seven hours Dec. 13.

Firefighters were called to a building fire on Elliott Street, near John R and 14 Mile roads, just after 8:45 a.m. Dec. 13 to find a fire in a filter unit in the back of a large, 1 ½-story industrial building.

According to reports, firefighters checked the inside of the building, determined that the fire had not spread, contained the fire to the filter unit and extinguished it.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said a smoke and fire damper — required by code — separated the unit from the building, activated and helped to contain the fire to the filter unit.

Riesterer said there was no need to evacuate workers from the building, which manufacturers springs for the automotive industry, and employees returned to work.

Officials continue to investigate the cause of the fire. Damage estimates were incomplete.

Just before 3:30 p.m. the same day, the Troy Fire Department received multiple calls about a rollover vehicle accident on southbound Interstate 75, between Big Beaver and Crooks roads.

Firefighters and paramedics arrived and found one person in the vehicle, which was in the median at the Livernois Road overpass, according to reports.

Paramedics determined that the driver’s injuries were minor, and firefighters stabilized the vehicle. They determined there was no fire, leaking fuel or other hazardous materials present, and made sure no one else was in the car, Riesterer said.

Firefighters and paramedics extricated the driver, who was treated at the scene and transported to a hospital, according to reports. No further information was available on the driver’s condition.

Troy police and the Michigan State Police are investigating the cause of the accident.