Fire News

Published September 26, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The Kar’s Nuts factory in Madison Heights had to close Sept. 15 when a fire broke out in the middle of the plant, but the fire was contained thanks to working sprinklers and a quick response by area fire departments. 

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Published September 21, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Fire Department is one step closer to going paperless. 

The department recently was awarded a $1,898 grant from property insurance company FM Global to purchase two laptops that will be used for mapping and incident preplanning. 

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Published September 21, 2016

HARPER WOODS — No police or fire department can handle every emergency on its own, particularly in the event of a major disaster. Every community relies on its neighbors for assistance, and the city of Harper Woods is no different.

Harper Woods follows the same universal system every community in Michigan uses when it comes to large-scale incidents. Harper Woods Police Chief Jim Burke said modern emergency services departments always have a plan in place to share and coordinate resources.

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Published September 21, 2016

Troy firefighters fought a blaze at a home on Berwyck Street, near Livernois and Long Lake roads, just after 5 a.m. Sept. 13, and responded to a fire in an office building on Axtell, near Maple Road and Coolidge Highway, just before 7:15 a.m. Sept. 14.

Firefighters arrived at the medium-sized, two-story home on Berwyck Street to find smoke showing, Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said in a prepared statement.

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Published September 19, 2016

Firefighters rescued a cat and two dogs from a house fire on Red Maple Lane Sept. 19.

St. Clair Shores and Eastpointe Fire Departments responded to a call from the 22000 block of Red Maple Lane around 7:40 a.m. Sept. 19. The homeowner and her stepson were home at the time and the homeowner was trying to extinguish the fire, according to a report from the St. Clair Shores Fire Department.

“The female homeowner and her stepson were notified of the fire by smoke detectors and the smell of it,” said Fire Marshal M. Bodnar.

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Published September 15, 2016

Rochester police have apprehended a local man they believe is responsible for “willfully burning” an occupied, multi-unit dwelling on Oak Street last month.

Tobby Farrington, a 44-year-old Rochester resident, was arrested Sept. 14 and charged with first-degree arson. Farrington was arraigned Sept. 14 before 52-3 District Court Judge Nancy Carniak, who set bond at $100,000 cash.

The Rochester Fire Department responded to a fire at the multitenant building at 325 Oak St. at around 8:19 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.

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Published September 14, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Despite the emergency nature of the problem, St. Clair Shores will put the roof on the North End Fire Station out to bid again after issues crept up with the latest request for proposals. 

“This whole thing is a mess,” said City Councilwoman Candice Rusie.

Battalion Chief Greg Coplai said that there have been several patches put on the roof, some as recently as the end of August, and “they’re all failing.” 

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Published September 14, 2016

EASTPOINTE — The Federal Emergency Management Authority awarded the Eastpointe Fire Department a $127,137 grant, according to a Sept. 6 press release from U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.

The Fire Department had applied to FEMA for the Assistance to Firefighters Grant earlier this year.

The FEMA website says that the grant’s goal is to provide financial help to fire departments, organizations that provide emergency medical services, and training academies to equip and train emergency personnel and increase the public’s safety.

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Published September 14, 2016

ROCHESTER — It’s not often that firefighters from the Rochester Fire Department are called to extinguish fires in the city, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t prepared when something bursts into flames.

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Published September 9, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A fire erupted after a cable contractor routing new television cable lines to the east wall of the Babcock apartments on Beaconsfield Avenue, north of Nine Mile Road, struck original wiring on the building shortly after 10 a.m. Sept. 3, according to Eastpointe Deputy Fire Chief Larry Folkerts.

The Eastpointe Fire Department was on the scene within five minutes, according to Folkerts. He said that no injuries were reported.

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Published September 7, 2016

At approximately 4 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, a fire in the Spring Hill Apartments complex, near West Utica and Ryan roads, claimed the life of a 37-year-old resident.

Shelby Township Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said a female resident in the unit below the victim’s woke up inexplicably, smelled something burning and called 911 a little after 4 a.m. Swinkowski said she couldn’t see any smoke or hear a smoke detector going off.

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Published September 7, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — The Harrison Township Fire Department has been awarded grant funding that will allow officials to purchase lifesaving, self-contained breathing apparatus packs.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security approved the grant request recently, and is providing the department with $136,910, money that will go toward the 28 air packs.

Fire Chief Michael Lopez said the money will be used to replace 100 percent of the department’s aging air pack inventory.

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Published August 30, 2016

ROCHESTER — The Rochester Fire Department kept busy last month, fighting two fires just days apart.

Chief John Cieslik said the activity was unusual for the department, which typically sees under 10 fires a year.

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Published August 30, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Several recent fires are currently under investigation by police and fire officials.

Police responded to a fire at a home in the 3000 block of Harrison Avenue, near Auburn and Dequindre, at 1:58 p.m. Aug. 21, a police report states. 

Fire and police officials responded to a 10:22 p.m. Aug. 27 fire at Oakmont Assisted Living, located at 3466 South Blvd. According to a police report, the fire was contained to the attic of the building. 

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Published August 30, 2016

ROSEVILLE — Butler’s Collision on 13 Mile Road hosted free, hands-on training Aug. 25 to help first responders save critical seconds while extricating victims from car accidents.

According to a press release from Butler’s Collision, advancements in today’s new cars make them safer for passengers, but first responders could face challenges to prevent further injuries to accident victims or themselves due to the complexities of new technology in the vehicles.

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Published August 29, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Two men were recently given the Meritorious Citizen Award by the West Bloomfield Fire Department for extinguishing an outdoor fire that was threatening a resident’s house. 

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Published August 26, 2016

WARREN — A house fire in the 21000 block of Audrey, near Eight Mile and Mound, remained under investigation Aug. 24, two days after first responders reportedly found “suspicious” circumstances when they arrived to battle the blaze.

Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said the fire was initially reported by Detroit Fire Department dispatch at 7:03 p.m. on Aug. 22.

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Published August 24, 2016

EASTPOINTE — During the Eastpointe City Council meeting Aug. 16, council members authorized the city manager to purchase three new mobile data computers for Eastpointe Fire Department engines 1 and 2 and ladder truck 1.

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Published August 24, 2016

UTICA — City officials are celebrating the announcement of a $273,715 grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program that will fund new air packs and turnout gear for the Utica Fire Department.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program’s primary goal is to provide financial help to equip and train emergency personnel, according to www.fema.gov.

Utica Fire Chief Kevin Wilseck said new air packs are a “dire need.”

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Published August 23, 2016

DTE Energy and first responders rescued a man who became trapped in a garbage truck when he inadvertently pulled down electrical wires while emptying a dumpster behind 22225 Kelly Road Aug. 23.

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