Fire News

Published August 17, 2016

Eastpointe City Council members approved the purchase of two thermal imaging cameras for the Eastpointe Fire Department and tabled until the next meeting the approval to purchase two police patrol vehicles for the Eastpointe Police Department during the Aug. 9 City Council meeting.

Currently, the Eastpointe Fire Department owns three thermal imaging cameras that are used during firefighter operations. Out of the three thermal imaging cameras, one is a new model purchased in December 2015. They will now purchase two new thermal imaging cameras to replace two older cameras.

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Published August 17, 2016

WARREN — A police investigation was ongoing Aug. 17 after Warren firefighters found a 55-year-old man deceased in a burning home near Eight Mile and Gratiot.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department confirmed that a dead body was found at the home on La Salle Boulevard, south of Toepfer. It was unknown how the man died, and further details were withheld as the investigation continued.

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said firefighters were dispatched to a home in the 21000 block of LaSalle Boulevard after a neighbor called 911 at 8:07 a.m.

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Published August 15, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 11, Shelby Township broke ground on its fifth fire station, to be located on a 4-acre parcel of land on the east side of Schoenherr Road, north of 21 Mile Road.

Officials hope to see the building constructed before the end of the year.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski addressed a small crowd assembled on plywood planks before he, township and community officials, and members of the design-build team scooped a celebratory shovel of dirt, careful not to fling the sunbaked soil too far.

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Published August 11, 2016

A passer-by saw smoke and flames coming from the attached garage of a medium-sized, single-story home on Hylane Drive, near Adams and Wattles Road, just after 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

According to reports, responding units could see a tall column of smoke several miles away.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered heavy smoke and flames through the garage roof that threatened to spread to the home, according to fire officials.

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Published August 3, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Residents across the greater West Bloomfield area will see nine new friendly faces at the West Bloomfield Fire Department. 

Damon Brown, Michael Starkel, Carly Mocny, Aaron Mann, Kevin Chenet, Gregory LaPointe, Eric Stange, Alex Heber and Jeremy Adkins finished their two-week training course with the department July 22.  

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Published August 3, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Fire crews from six West Bloomfield Fire Department stations responded to a house fire in the 3000 block of Winterberry Drive, near Commerce and Union Lake roads, July 14.

Upon arrival, crew members located the fire in the master bedroom area. The fire was extinguished, but extensive smoke damage was noted throughout the entire house, which is over 5,000 square feet, according to West Bloomfield Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist. The residents and their dogs escaped unharmed. 

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Published August 3, 2016

FRASER — The Fraser Department of Public Safety is investigating a grill explosion that occurred around 10:30 a.m. Aug. 3 at El Charro, on 14 Mile Road near Garfield Road.

The incident occurred before normal business hours. Two employees — a manager and a prep cook — were lighting the pilot on a grill when it suddenly exploded.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — Firefighters are often known to rescue cats stuck in trees, but the Rochester Fire Department saved a different kind of animal in distress early last month.

Firefighters were called in to try to rescue a bird that was hanging from the cables over the duck pond in Rochester Municipal Park July 1.

Rochester Hills resident Noreen Warner said she saw the bird while walking her dog in the park, and she flagged down city staff to get help.

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Published August 3, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On July 19, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the third and final phase of Fire Station No. 5 — construction and outfitting of the building, to be located on the east side of Schoenherr Road, north of 21 Mile Road.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski estimated the total project construction cost, including a traffic light, to be approximately $1.9 million, with a total cost, including permit fees and outfitting the fire station and vehicles, of $2.5 million.

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Published July 27, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — A DTE Energy substation caught on fire around noon July 18 at Drake Road and 12 Mile Road, causing about 5,000 residents to lose power for several hours.

Emergency Preparedness Commission Chair Tim Tutak said that power outages can happen at any time, and when they happen during high temperatures, staying hydrated and cool is key. 

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Published July 27, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — What began as a way to help students afford higher education, children experience summer without thinking of their injuries and families have a brighter Christmas has evolved into a friendly rivalry between local police officers and firefighters.

“They put a plastic trophy in front of firemen and cops, and we’re pretty competitive — we both want that trophy,” said Scott Campbell, of the St. Clair Shores Fire Department. “We want those bragging rights.”

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Published July 18, 2016

A 64-year-old Sterling Heights resident died in one of two house fires that occurred on the same day recently.

According to the Fire Department, at about 9:25 p.m. July 8, five Sterling Heights fire stations coordinated to put out a house fire in the 2000 block of Newell Drive. As Sterling Heights firefighters worked, the Warren and Clinton Township fire departments were asked to assist in guarding the city from additional problems.

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Published July 13, 2016

TROY — Plans will proceed after the Troy Planning Commission approved designs for a new fire station on Maple Road, east of John R Road.

The commission unanimously approved the site plan for Station 4 at its June 28 meeting. 

Troy City Planner R. Brent Savidant said that the old fire station will remain open while construction on the new 10,500-square-foot structure is completed, then the old station will be demolished. 

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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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