Fire News

Published July 5, 2016

Two dogs died in a house fire in the 22000 block of 12 Mile Road over the Fourth of July weekend, but fire officials say fireworks were not to blame.

The St. Clair Shores Fire Department was called to the home around 1:40 p.m. July 2 after a neighbor across the street saw visible flames from the house, said Fire Marshal M. Bodnar.

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Published July 4, 2016

Sterling Heights city officials recently received the fresh air of good news when they learned that federal firefighting aid could help replace compressed air filling stations at two Sterling Heights fire stations.

The city announced in June that the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is sending more than $176,000 in new grant money to the Sterling Heights Fire Department. According to the city, the grant requires a 10 percent city match.

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Published June 30, 2016

The Sterling Heights Fire Department rescued a pet from a burning home June 30.

At around 10 a.m., the Fire Department learned of a house fire in the 8700 block of Shannon Drive, a bit north of the intersection of Clinton River Road and Riverland Drive, according to Sterling Heights Fire Chief Chris Martin.

“The report was there was heavy smoke coming from the house and … there might be an occupant in the house,” he said.

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Published June 29, 2016

At approximately 5 a.m. Tuesday, June 28, fire crews were called to the scene of an inferno that consumed the majority of a deck, home and garage on Mallard Court, near 21 Mile and Hayes roads.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said the blaze originated in a gazebo over a hot tub next to the deck, which spread to the wooden deck and into the house. Flames traveled up the wall, into the roof and burned away half of the house between the kitchen and the garage.

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Published June 29, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — At the Madison Heights Fire Department, certain members train as part of the Technical Rescue Team. They specialize in the most difficult and dangerous of rescues — those involving high-angle rescues, confined spaces, building collapses and trench collapses. It’s a position where a firefighter can find themselves 200 feet off the ground, dangling in the air, in a hole barely wider than their body, with poor lighting and breathing conditions, and someone’s life on the line.  

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Published June 29, 2016

Firefighters fought a garage fire and managed a gas leak in back-to-back incidents last week.

According to reports, firefighters were called to a detached garage fire on Rowland, in the Big Beaver and Dequindre area, just after 10 a.m. June 22.

Firefighters could see a tall column of black smoke from several miles away, and police in the area could see flames, Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said in a prepared statement.

The flames were showing from the one-story garage and were impinging on the home and a neighbor’s garage, Riesterer said.

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Published June 29, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although it was something put in the budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1, Fire Chief George Morehouse said a new roof on the city’s North Fire Station can’t wait.

“The roof had been showing significant deterioration,” he told City Council in May. “We thought we were going to be able to control that occurrence. 

“This spring, the roof leaks have increased.”

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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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