Fire News

Published June 27, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  West Bloomfield’s oldest fire station no longer meets the needs of the crew members or the community. 

That is why the West Bloomfield Fire Department is in the beginning stages of designing a more effective building to replace Fire Station No. 3 — located at 3340 Green Lake Road in West Bloomfield.

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Published June 22, 2016

Firefighters evacuated guests from their rooms at the Homewood Suites, 1495 Equity Drive, the morning of June 18 after a fire was reported in the one-story pool building attached to the four-story hotel just after 8 a.m.

Firefighters found smoke in the attic of the pool room, and they discovered that a ventilation unit had overheated and caused the smoke, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer. Lights flickered throughout the inside of the hotel, and DTE Energy was called to the scene.

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Published June 22, 2016

It was hardly par for the course for the Sterling Heights Fire Department when firefighters put out a building fire caused by a flaming golf cart at Plum Brook Golf Club June 12.

According to Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin, Fire Engine No. 1 arrived at the golf course just after 7 p.m. after the department heard that a golf cart was on fire.

Martin said the golf cart reportedly malfunctioned while it was out on the golf course.

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Published June 20, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Roseville, let the games begin.

It’s time already for the second annual Guns ‘N’ Hoses softball game, set for 2 p.m. July 10 at Roseville High School, 17855 Common Road.

The game once again will have Roseville’s Police and Fire departments square off — with the Fire Department looking to defend its win.
Gates will open at 12:30 p.m. with a host of activities for children and adults alike; the game will take place at the high school’s softball diamond-east section.

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Published June 16, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — It’s a tale as old as time — a cat in a tree. 

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Published June 15, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A new fire engine will be rolling into Roseville, thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grants.

The city will receive approximately a half-million dollars to purchase equipment and replace a 1993 fire engine through the program, which requires a 10 percent match, said Fire Chief Mike Holland.

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Published June 15, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Police and Fire departments are conducting a joint investigation into an alleged arson incident that occurred on Azalea Court, near West 14 Mile Road and Haggerty Highway, at around 1 a.m. May 31. 

According to West Bloomfield Deputy Police Chief Curt Lawson, the suspect, a 26-year-old West Bloomfield man, has fled the state. 

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Published June 15, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Based on the recent findings of a committee to explore staffing needs for the Macomb Township Fire Department, additional personnel may be coming to the department soon.

The Board of Trustees appointed a five-person committee during a May 25 meeting to review the department’s staffing needs.

On June 8, Fire Chief Robert Phillips provided the results of the committee’s discussions to the board.

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Published June 15, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On June 7, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve the site plan for the township’s fifth fire station on a 4-acre parcel of land located near 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said the station will address a big void of fire service in the southeastern section of the township, and that he believes its implementation will result in a lower overall ISO rating.

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Published June 8, 2016

A home on John R Road, south of Long Lake Road, across the street from the Troy Police and Fire Training Center, caught fire just after 1:30 p.m. June 1.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said that when the blaze was reported, the daughter of the homeowner, who lives nearby, was at the scene and confirmed that nobody was in the home.

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Published June 8, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — When it was built in 1956, the Brooklands Fire Station was all about firefighting.

But modern fire departments are equipped to handle almost any emergency — including medical aid, fire suppression, car accidents, hazardous material handling and more, while also providing a variety of public education, safety programs and building inspections.

“We make 18 to 20 runs a day,” said Rochester Hills Fire Department Lt. Fire Inspector Bill Cooke. “There are days we are in the 30s.”

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Published June 7, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Three pets died in a June 4 fire in the 200 block of Marquette Court, a police report states. Marquette Court is located near Drexelgate Parkway and Livernois Road.

A report of smoke and flames alerted police and fire officials to the site at around 4:41 p.m. The home was unoccupied at the time of the fire except for the pets, the report states. The fire was successfully extinguished, and fire investigation officials determined the fire to have been accidental in nature.

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Published May 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Thanks to a grant, all 25 fire departments in Macomb County received classroom and hands-on training to recognize the signs of an impending flashover.

On May 25, Shelby Township and Utica firefighters were among those who endured a flashover simulation in a specially designed 50-foot trailer in the parking lot of the former Sunnybrook site in Sterling Heights.

A flashover occurs when all of the combustible particles in the air simultaneously ignite, sending a wave of fire that can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees throughout an enclosure.

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Published May 24, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — Public safety officers were able to prevent a fire from spreading throughout a house in the 1300 block of Nottingham Road over the weekend.

Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni said officers from Grosse Pointe Park and City responded to the two-alarm fire, which started around 3:20 p.m. May 21. The fire appeared to have been caused by a candle left unattended in a bedroom, he said. Poloni said officers were able to contain the damage to the bedroom where the blaze began.

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Published May 23, 2016

Four families have found temporary living accommodations after a fire blazed through an attached condo unit on Brentwood Drive, in the Northfield Park and Long Lake Road area, just after 8 a.m. May 22.

Fire officials believe the blaze started in the kitchen on the first floor of a two-story, six-unit structure. Firefighters attacked the blaze, which had spread to the attic, from the first floor, according to reports.

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Published May 19, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Members of the Grosse Pointe Woods Public Safety Department will be receiving new fire equipment thanks to a federal grant the department was selected to receive. 

U.S. Sens. Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow recently announced that the department is one of three that will receive assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program. 

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Published May 18, 2016

WARREN — A fire likely resulting from combustible material left near a space heater left two homes damaged on Prospect west of Van Dyke early on May 17.

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said firefighters were dispatched to the scene following a 911 call at 6:40 a.m.

“A neighbor reported it while walking the dog,” McAdams said. “The fire went through the window, the picture window, and flames impinged on the second house. The houses are really close together.”

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Published May 5, 2016

Cigarettes and an oxygen tank may have caused the death of a 72-year-old man who was found dead inside his burning home April 30.

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Published May 4, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At around 9:15 p.m. on April 24, the Clinton Township Fire Department was called to deal with fires at a Waste Management facility located near 14 Mile Road and Lipke Street.

Deputy Fire Chief Randy Kandt said he and others arrived to find four or five trucks in flames. Firefighters came in through the gated entrance and threw water on the flames to quickly relieve the situation. 

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Published May 2, 2016

Flames were showing through the roof when firefighters were called to a vacant home on Tutbury Lane, near Adams and Square Lake Roads, at 2:15 p.m. April 29.

Unsure if the home was occupied, firefighters searched the home and determined nobody was inside the ranch-style house, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer.

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