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Published June 21, 2017

TROY — William Nelson, 70, was on the job in Troy for over 40 years, and he left a lasting legacy. 

Nelson retired as chief of the Troy Fire Department in September 2015 after over four decades with the department. He died June 12 after battling cancer. 

He leaves behind his wife, Doris, of 40 years; daughters Lisa (Mike), Amy and Emily (Josh); son Scott; and grandchildren Margaret, Ben, Jason, Jonah, Jackson, Joshua and James. 

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Published June 21, 2017

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — The township Fire Department will soon have a new pickup truck and trailer. Fire officials will use the trailer as a mobile workshop, storing maintenance tools and a workbench. 

“We have a lot of building maintenance that we do ourselves,” Oakland Township Fire Chief Paul Strelchuk said. “We are using my old pickup to put tools and stuff in. A lot of the tools have been ruined because it leaks.

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Published June 21, 2017

GROSSE POINTE CITY — The hot weather is great news for boaters, but all of that increased activity and the presence of many vessels in the harbor bring with it the risk of fire.

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Published June 16, 2017

WARREN — Responding to a nightmare scenario is in the potential job description every day for first responders.

It happened twice in recent weeks for a group of Warren firefighters from three stations.

On May 1, teams assigned to Unit 1 from Station 4, Station 5 and Station 6 were dispatched to an afternoon crash on the ramp from eastbound Interstate 696 to northbound Mound, where a truck hauling steel discs overturned onto a passenger car. On June 6, the same crews were called to the scene of a trench collapse on Van Dyke, north of Chicago Road.

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Published June 15, 2017

The Southfield Fire Department is investigating a recent early morning house fire.

According to Fire Chief Johnny Menifee, dispatchers received a call regarding a fire around 12:48 a.m. June 15 at a home in the 28000 block of Aberdeen Street, near Greenfield and Catalpa.

Units from four of the city’s five fire stations arrived at the scene at 12:52 a.m., Menifee said.

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Published June 15, 2017

A 45-year-old man fell about 20 feet from scaffolding around 1 p.m. June 14 at a Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills, construction site.

The man — whose name was not released — is recovering at Beaumont.

“It was a really awful event,” Beth Montalvo, publications and media relations coordinator at Beaumont Hospital, said during a recent interview. “Our construction people, they are part of the (hospital) family. They are working on our site for years — a multiyear expansion and renovation project.”

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Published June 2, 2017

No one was hurt when a dust filter at a factory at Elliott Avenue and Executive Drive, in the 14 Mile and John R roads area, caught fire just after 1 a.m. June 2 while workers were inside.

Firefighters arrived at American MSC Inc. — which manufactures automobile and heavy-duty truck clutches and torque converters, and automobile transmissions, according to the company website — to find a working fire contained to a 30-foot-tall dust collector attached to the building, according to a report.

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Published May 31, 2017

TROY — Each year, fifth-graders in the Troy Public School District are challenged to complete home fire safety checklists for their homes, as well as the homes of neighbors and relatives. 

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Published May 24, 2017

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — It was just about two weeks ago that members of the Bloomfield Township Fire Department learned that they had not only been selected as one of five stations in Michigan to receive an equipment grant, but that they had been awarded the largest chunk of that funding.

That money will help take a huge weight off the shoulders of the BTFD firefighters — literally.

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Published May 19, 2017

CENTER LINE — Was it malice, pyromania, or something else?

An arson investigation was ongoing in Center Line May 17, a week after a man who had apparently arrived and left on a bike allegedly set fire to a bale of cardboard recyclables stored next to a garage at Dealers Discount Crafts & Florals on 10 Mile Road, east of Van Dyke, in Center Line.

The burning cardboard ignited the garage and destroyed two vehicles, a forklift, several pallets of merchandise, landscaping equipment, tools and other items, for a total loss of about $300,000 on May 10.

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Published May 18, 2017

Sterling Heights police officers and firefighters are investigating why flames damaged two Sterling Heights apartment buildings the night of May 17, leading to one death and three injuries.

According to police, the blaze began around 11:11 p.m. May 17 at the Sterling Knolls apartments, located in the 11000 block of 15 Mile Road.
Police said a woman was found in an apartment building’s second floor. According to Fire Chief Chris Martin, the deceased victim was identified as Laura Ann Phillips, 33, from Sterling Heights.

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Published May 17, 2017

A malfunctioning 1-pound propane tank attached to a torch in a basement on Walker Drive, near Square Lake and Rochester roads, reportedly exploded and ignited a fire just after 2:30 p.m. May 14.

When firefighters arrived, all residents had evacuated from the home, according to a report. One resident was treated at the scene for a minor burn injury.

Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer explained that the explosion damaged a water pipe, which broke and contained the fire.

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Published May 17, 2017

TROY — Troy volunteer firefighter Gary Wood said the help and guidance of the more seasoned department members he’s served with for the past 33 years were invaluable to him. 

“The old guys took me under their wing,” he said. “I never forgot that.” 

Now a self-professed “older guy,” he said he aims to mentor the newer firefighters at Station 5 — on John R Road, north of Square Lake Road — where he’s served all of his 33 years. 

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Published May 15, 2017

An 84-year-old woman escaped a middle-of-the-night fire that destroyed her home on Little Mack Avenue May 13.

“The neighbor said he saw the fire start at the back of the house and then swept around toward her bedroom,” said Terry Haus, of Chesterfield Township, a friend of the homeowner in the 28000 block of Little Mack Avenue. “She could smell the smoke and could see the flames coming through her window, so she got out of there.”

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Published May 11, 2017

A senior housing unit at Baptist Manor, on West 13 Mile Road, caught fire around 6 p.m. May 10, displacing about 148 people and hospitalizing four due to smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, Farmington Hills Fire Department officials said.

“As we speak, the investigators are out and conducting the investigation for the origin and the cause of it,” Chief Jon Unruh said.

He added that the four hospitalized Baptist Manor residents were taken to Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital and Beaumont Hospital, Farmington Hills.

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Published May 9, 2017

A detached garage was engulfed in flames in the 27000 block of Van Howe Street, south of Martin Road and east of Gratiot Avenue, when the Roseville Fire Department arrived at the scene around 10 a.m. May 9.

The department, with assistance from the St. Clair Shores Fire Department, was able to knock down the fire with no injuries to firefighters or residents. The fire totally destroyed the garage.

Roseville Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Bala said May 9 that the fire was “still under investigation.” 

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Published May 8, 2017

At approximately 2:30 a.m. Monday, May 8, the township’s dispatch center received a 911 call alerting first responders to a fire at Pebble Creek Apartments, located near West Utica and Ryan roads.

The fire originated when a man in a first-floor apartment fell asleep on his couch while burning a candle. Shelby Township Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said that the candle fell over and started a portion of the couch on fire.

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Published May 5, 2017

Police arrived just in time to save a resident’s dog from a burning home in the 600 block of St. Charles Court late Wednesday night.

No one was injured in the blaze, including the household pet, Abbie.

Abbie was home alone when police said they received a couple of 911 calls at about 11:46 p.m. from neighbors who were reporting the fire.

Police said that when they arrived at the address north of 11 Mile Road and east of Main Street, they saw that the front of the house was engulfed in flames.

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Published May 3, 2017

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Rochester Fire Chief John Cieslik, who has been on the job for 42 years, said fires have drastically changed over the years.

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Published April 28, 2017

Police have arrested the brother of a Sterling Heights teen who died April 28 in an incident that police and firefighters suspect was an arson-caused house fire.

According to a city press release, firefighters from stations 1, 2 and 5 were reportedly deployed to a fire early in the morning in the 42000 block of Bloomingdale Drive, located near 19 Mile and Ryan roads. They learned that a 17-year-old was trapped in a second-floor bedroom above the first-floor fire.

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