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Fire News

Published November 23, 2016

OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A Nov. 9 fire, originating from sparks from an employee grinding sheet metal, damaged the Lyon Gear and Machine Inc. building, on Territorial Road.

According to Oakland Township Fire Chief Paul Strelchuk, the fire was reported around noon.

“Flames and smoke were coming from the west end of the building,” he said. Employees were evacuated.

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Published November 22, 2016

With the recent promotion of eight volunteer firefighters to officers, all six fire stations in the city are fully staffed by officers.

The new officers will serve one year in a probationary capacity and will receive periodic evaluations on their performance.

The following promotions were approved:

• Lt. Robert Tyrrell to Station 2 captain.

• Firefighter/staff technician Michael Koehler to  Station 2 lieutenant.

• Capt. Michael Rusing to Station 3 assistant chief.

• Lt. Robert Bittner to Station 3 captain.

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Published November 17, 2016

One man was hurt when an explosion occurred as workers installed a natural gas furnace at the Fairfield Inn & Suites under construction at 225 Stephenson Highway, north of 14 Mile Road, just before 2 p.m. Nov. 17.

Firefighters responded to an alarm at the large, four-story hotel — which was not occupied with guests — and learned that the explosion inside the building had activated the sprinklers and that one person was injured, according to reports.

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Published November 16, 2016

CENTER LINE/WARREN — Center Line Public Schools students joined together last month for an important lesson in fire safety.

On Oct. 28, students from the Center Line High School firefighting class visited kindergarten and first-grade students to share with them several fire prevention safety tips.

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Published November 15, 2016

WARREN — A woman and her two dogs escaped injury Nov. 12 after a fire reportedly ignited by careless smoking damaged a home near Hoover and 10 Mile Road.

Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said dispatchers took “a ton” of 911 calls beginning at 12:28 p.m. about a fire at a home in the 24400 block of Wagner.

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Published November 11, 2016

Residents in the apartment building at 704 Lamplighter Drive, north of Maple Road and west of Rochester Road, were moved to temporary apartments in the complex after a second-story unit caught fire just before 10:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

An ambulance was initially sent to the apartment after a woman called to say she was having difficulty breathing, but dispatchers were not initially aware of the blaze, according to a report. Upon arrival, paramedics alerted firefighters to the blaze, said Troy police Sgt. Meghan Lehman.

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Published November 4, 2016

A detached one-car garage on Glaser Drive, near Long Lake and Rochester Roads, caught fire at 2:45 p.m. Nov. 3.

Firefighters could see a large column of black smoke from several miles away, according to reports.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, smoke and fire were visible, and no one was inside the garage.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze quickly with hose lines, according to the Troy Fire Department.

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Published November 2, 2016

GROSSE POINTE PARK — A fire in the early morning hours of Sunday has left several residents homeless and claimed two dynamic and relatively new restaurants.

Rockefeller’s Oyster Bar and Grill, at 15402 Mack Ave., and its immediate neighbor, Bootlegger’s Pig and Whiskey Bar, at 15412 Mack, were destroyed following a fire that started in an apartment above the businesses.

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Published November 2, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The third time coming before the City Council, a proposal for a new roof for the North End Fire Station was approved, with some hesitation.

The city’s engineering firm, Anderson Eckstein and Westrick, worked with the Fire Department on the request for proposal after problems arose from the first two bidding processes dating back nearly six months.

This time, requests were put out for bids for a rubber roof like that which is currently on the station, as well as a metal roof. 

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Published November 2, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Fire Department responded to a house in the 28000 block of Larchmont the morning of Oct. 26 after the resident smelled smoke.

“The homeowner was home. She smelled smoke, she started searching for it,” said Fire Marshal M. Bodnar. “She discovered the smoke and fire in an upstairs attic area.”

Bodnar said the resident, a woman in her late 40s, tried to extinguish the fire herself in the second story of her bungalow home but was unsuccessful and called 911.

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Published October 26, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Fire Department responded to a fire alarm at the Lillian and Samuel Hechtman Apartments, part of Jewish Senior Life, on Maple Road at around 1:35 p.m. Oct. 11. 

Prior to the alarm activating, staff members reportedly smelled smoke in the building and began searching for the source. The fire was located in an apartment on the first floor. Staff members assisted the resident to safety and used a fire extinguisher to try to extinguish the fire, according to a press release.

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Published October 26, 2016

SOUTHFIELD — Emergency crews were kept busy Oct. 17 fighting a house fire and containing several downed power lines.

According to Fire Chief Johnny Menifee, around 2:31 a.m. Oct. 17, a 911 call came in regarding a house fire in the 27000 block of Sutherland.
When crews arrived on the scene at 2:36 a.m., Menifee said, the occupants of the residence were safely out of the house, but a large fire billowing through the roof was still raging.

How the fire started is still unclear but is being examined, Menifee said.

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Published October 19, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Fire Department was recently given the go ahead to help or be helped by neighboring communities in turmoil.

The Township Board of Trustees gave approval during its Sept. 6 meeting to let the Fire Department join the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System.

MABAS was formed in 2006, following in the footsteps of states such as Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois, which had formed their own MABAS programs. MABAS currently has more than 250 programs in the state of Michigan alone.

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Published October 12, 2016

GROSSE POINTE CITY — Owners of a landmark longtime business gutted by fire are vowing to rebuild on the same site.

Jimmy Saros, the vice president of Jim Saros Real Estate Services at 17108 Mack Ave., said the Sept. 29 fire that devastated the building has been a heartbreaking loss, but they will be constructing a new office on the site as soon as they can. 

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Published October 12, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, the Shelby Township Fire Department will host its annual open house at Fire Station No. 1, located at 6345 23 Mile Road, west of Mound Road.

The department holds the event yearly so that the public can check out the equipment, services and protection it provides for the township. Residents will get a chance to speak with firefighters, and there will be plenty of activities for kids.

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Published October 12, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The West Bloomfield Fire Department responded to a reported carbon monoxide alarm in the 4000 block of Bantry Drive, near Walnut Lake and Farmington roads, at 8:37 p.m. Sept. 28. 

When the alarm first activated, the residents thought the battery needed to be changed; however, after replacing the battery, the alarm activated again, according to a press release. The residents called 911, and dispatch advised them to exit the home and wait for the Fire Department’s arrival. 

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Published October 11, 2016

One cat has died and several residents are displaced after a Sunday evening fire in a condominium complex’s basement.

The St. Clair Shores Fire Department was called to one of the buildings in the Wedgewood Manor Condominium complex between Masonic Boulevard and Edgewater Street, east of Harper Avenue, around 8:30 p.m. Oct. 9 after residents discovered smoke and flames coming from the basement.

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Published October 5, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — A delay in the repair of the roof at the St. Clair Shores North End Fire Station, combined with torrential rains at the end of September, led to the evacuation of personnel from the North End Fire Station due to mold issues.

“From our roofing leaks, we had acquired some mold issues that are being abated today,” said Fire Chief George Morehouse Oct. 5. “It’s been patched, (but) all that rain brought everything to a head.”

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Published October 5, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — October is here, and what does that mean for the St. Clair Shores Fire Department? 

National Fire Prevention Week and the annual open house.

“It’s a good time for the community to come out and see what the Fire Department has to offer. How people can protect themselves with fire alarms and just educate the public a little bit ... how important that kind of stuff is,” said firefighter paramedic Ian Griffin. 

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Published October 5, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — The Oakland County Medical Control Authority honored West Bloomfield firefighter/paramedic Ryan Wetter and police officer Chris Fredericks Sept. 22 for saving a West Bloomfield resident who was choking on a piece of hot dog. 

The West Bloomfield Fire and Police departments were recently dispatched to assist a woman who was in distress. Fredericks said that upon his arrival at the home, he was told she was either choking or having a stroke. 

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