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Fire News

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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Published August 19, 2016

WARREN/FERNDALE — Relatives and friends of a Warren family who escaped their burning home but lost most of their belongings have set up a GoFundMe page to assist them.

Glenn and Brittany Foster, both originally from Ferndale, were left picking up the pieces Aug. 17 after their home in the 3100 block of Menge, near 11 Mile and Ryan, burned to a near total loss.

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said the call came in at 7:13 a.m. and was reported by Glenn Foster.

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Published August 17, 2016

FERNDALE — The Ferndale City Council unanimously approved the purchase of a new fire engine for the Fire Department that will replace one that is 28 years old.

The engine, a Pierce Velocity-PUC Fire Pumper, will replace a truck previously converted from an aerial to a pumper truck. The new engine will cost $564,611, while the old pumper should sell for $8,000 to $10,000. The money for the purchase will come from the general fund.

With the purchase now agreed upon, the Fire Department can put in its order to build the new truck.

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Published August 17, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — What future college student couldn’t use a few extra bucks?

Three local students’ academic achievements recently paid off when they were each given $1,000 scholarships by way of the Clinton Township Fire Department.

Money raised through an annual golf outing sparked an idea among members of the department, according to Lt. Paul Brouwer — who is also president of Clinton Township Fire Fighters Union No. 1381, of the International Association of Fire Fighters. The labor union represents firefighters across the U.S. and Canada.

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Published August 17, 2016

Eastpointe City Council members approved the purchase of two thermal imaging cameras for the Eastpointe Fire Department and tabled until the next meeting the approval to purchase two police patrol vehicles for the Eastpointe Police Department during the Aug. 9 City Council meeting.

Currently, the Eastpointe Fire Department owns three thermal imaging cameras that are used during firefighter operations. Out of the three thermal imaging cameras, one is a new model purchased in December 2015. They will now purchase two new thermal imaging cameras to replace two older cameras.

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Published August 17, 2016

WARREN — A police investigation was ongoing Aug. 17 after Warren firefighters found a 55-year-old man deceased in a burning home near Eight Mile and Gratiot.

Detective Sgt. Stephen Mills of the Warren Police Department confirmed that a dead body was found at the home on La Salle Boulevard, south of Toepfer. It was unknown how the man died, and further details were withheld as the investigation continued.

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said firefighters were dispatched to a home in the 21000 block of LaSalle Boulevard after a neighbor called 911 at 8:07 a.m.

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Published August 15, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 11, Shelby Township broke ground on its fifth fire station, to be located on a 4-acre parcel of land on the east side of Schoenherr Road, north of 21 Mile Road.

Officials hope to see the building constructed before the end of the year.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski addressed a small crowd assembled on plywood planks before he, township and community officials, and members of the design-build team scooped a celebratory shovel of dirt, careful not to fling the sunbaked soil too far.

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Published August 11, 2016

A passer-by saw smoke and flames coming from the attached garage of a medium-sized, single-story home on Hylane Drive, near Adams and Wattles Road, just after 2:30 p.m. Aug. 10.

According to reports, responding units could see a tall column of smoke several miles away.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered heavy smoke and flames through the garage roof that threatened to spread to the home, according to fire officials.

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Published August 3, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Residents across the greater West Bloomfield area will see nine new friendly faces at the West Bloomfield Fire Department. 

Damon Brown, Michael Starkel, Carly Mocny, Aaron Mann, Kevin Chenet, Gregory LaPointe, Eric Stange, Alex Heber and Jeremy Adkins finished their two-week training course with the department July 22.  

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Published August 3, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD —  Fire crews from six West Bloomfield Fire Department stations responded to a house fire in the 3000 block of Winterberry Drive, near Commerce and Union Lake roads, July 14.

Upon arrival, crew members located the fire in the master bedroom area. The fire was extinguished, but extensive smoke damage was noted throughout the entire house, which is over 5,000 square feet, according to West Bloomfield Fire Marshal Byron Turnquist. The residents and their dogs escaped unharmed. 

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