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Published February 14, 2017

At approximately 6:35 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, the Shelby Township Police and Fire departments responded to a report of a boy who had fallen through the ice on a lake at the Crystal Lake Apartments, located near 23 Mile and Dequindre roads.

Upon arrival, a firefighter dressed in a cold water exposure suit swam out and located the boy holding his younger sister in the water, and the firefighter brought both children safely to shore, according to a Fire Department press release.

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Published February 3, 2017

Around 40 local families are without a home after a fire broke out at their apartment complex Feb. 3.

According to Southfield Fire Chief Johnny Menifee, a 911 call came in around 11:52 a.m. from maintenance workers at Carnegie Park Apartments, 26601 W Carnegie Park Drive, who said they noticed smoke and fire.

Firefighters arrived at the scene six minutes later, Menifee said, and were met with heavy smoke and fire billowing from one of the apartment units.

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Published February 3, 2017

WARREN — A fire at the city’s Waste Water Treatment Plant damaged a conveyor belt and electronic controls Jan. 21, resulting in “significant” damage that could have been much worse if not for the “textbook” response from the Warren Fire Department. 

Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said fire crews were dispatched to the plant on Warkop, just south of 14 Mile Road and east of Van Dyke, at about 3 p.m. after the system that dries solid waste removed from wastewater overheated and caught fire.

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Published February 2, 2017

HARPER WOODS — Harper Woods and Detroit residents are mourning the loss of former Detroit fireman Robert Wieczorkowski, 70, who was caught in a fire in his home.

The Harper Woods Department of Public Safety, which encompasses both the community’s police and fire services, received a 911 call at 11 a.m. Jan. 20 from a home in the 19400 block of Kingsville. The resident, Wieczorkowski, reported that his home was on fire and he needed help. Firefighters reportedly were dispatched to the scene immediately.

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Published January 31, 2017

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — A combination of several factors may soon lead to the construction of a joint fire and police station building, just east of the 23 Mile Road and Romeo Plank intersection.

The location of the building would be on the same lot that currently houses Macomb Township’s Fire Station No. 1, a Macomb County Sheriff’s office substation, a communications tower and a senior center.

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Published January 25, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council approved the purchase of a new rescue pumper for the Fire Department Jan. 16, replacing a 21-year-old vehicle with more than 124,000 miles.

“Our firefighting fleet is aging,” said Fire Chief George Morehouse. “Four of our vehicles are over 20 years of age.”

Weather and salt have combined to hasten the decline of the frames of the vehicles, and one of the department’s engines, Engine 5, was taken out of rotation a month ago because it failed a Michigan Department of Transportation inspection.

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Published January 17, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Taking an association “into the 21st century,” City Council voted to have the St. Clair Shores Fire Department join the Michigan Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) this month.

“Macomb County fire chiefs have decided to take the Fire Chiefs Association into the 21st century by making this a legal entity,” said Fire Chief George Morehouse. 

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Published January 11, 2017

Two families have had a rough start to the new year, with St. Clair Shores Fire Department responding to fires in the city Jan. 8-9.

Just after midnight Jan. 8, firefighters were called to the 20000 block of Maxine for a report a house filled with smoke coming from the chimney.

The four residents told fire officials they were awoken by smoke detectors, so they and their dog were able to get out of the home. They said they had had a fire in the fireplace earlier in the evening, but had put it out before going to bed.

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Published January 11, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Dec. 21, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a two-year extension of Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski’s contract.

The extension takes his contract through Feb. 18, 2021. His contract previously was set to expire Feb. 18, 2019.

The contract includes a salary jump from $107,610 to $116,590 — a flat rate without performance bonuses — and a reduction in the amount of cash payment for unused vacation hours, from 80 to 40.

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Published January 10, 2017

The Police and Fire departments in Sterling Heights are expecting staff or program changes to continue even as the demand for their service grows.

According to Sterling Heights Police Chief John Berg, police took 54,922 calls for service in 2016, a 6.3 percent increase compared to 2015’s 51,643 calls. He said he didn’t yet have specifics on the breakdown of what those calls entailed.

“We saw a surge in the amount of calls for service in the city,” he said.

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Published December 29, 2016

WARREN — A floral delivery worker and a DTE Energy employee are being credited with saving an elderly Warren woman from a house fire near Frazho and Mound on the afternoon of Dec. 15.

Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said firefighters were dispatched at 1:51 p.m. to the 6100 block of Mackersie, east of Mound and just south of Interstate 696, where they learned that a resident had been rescued from the burning home by two civilians.

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Published December 26, 2016

A neighbor across the street alerted Troy firefighters to a house fire on Tewksbury Drive, near Adams Road and south Boulevard, just after 8:15 p.m. Dec. 23.

Firefighters arrived at the large, one-story home with a walk-out basement to find smoke and fire visible from the east end of the home and through the roof of the home, according to reports.

Neighbors told firefighters that the sole resident of the home was not there, Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer said in a prepared statement.

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Published December 23, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — A Macomb County woman was behind bars after she allegedly set fire to a Mount Clemens rental home she once lived in.

Madalyn Marie Soulliere, 43, is charged with first-degree arson, a life felony. She was arraigned in 41-B District Court in Mount Clemens on Dec. 22.

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Published December 22, 2016

A fire erupted at the top of the 555 Building on Woodward Avenue Dec. 22.

According to Birmingham Assistant Fire Chief John Donohue, the blaze was reported at 10:15 a.m. Since the fire was at the top of the high-rise, the flames and smoke could reportedly be seen blocks away.

“The fire was on the 14th floor, extending to the 15th,” Donahue told reporters at the scene. “At this time the fire is under investigation. It is unknown if the fire started at the exterior or the interior.”

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Published December 21, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — St. Clair Shores’ first female firefighter has just reached another milestone — Fire Inspector of the Year.

Fire Marshal M. Bodnar, one of two women currently on the St. Clair Shores Fire Department, was named Fire Inspector of the Year by the Oakland Macomb Fire Prevention Society Dec. 2. 

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Published December 20, 2016

Freshly cut trees, festive decorations and home-baked treats are all mainstays of the holidays, but they also present a fire risk, quickly turning a happy holiday into a hazardous one.

The problem is, there’s no way to tell when a fire will strike.

“No one ever thinks it will happen to them — until it does,” Jim Pauley, National Fire Protection Association president and CEO, said in a statement.

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Published December 20, 2016

HAZEL PARK — What at first seemed to be a house fire caused by space heaters now appears to be a case of overloaded circuits due to stealing electricity from a DTE power box.

The fire occurred around noon on Dec. 10 in the 35000 block of Harding Street in Hazel Park. The building is a one-story bungalow, about 900 square feet.

The fire started in the attic but was swiftly contained by Hazel Park firefighters and automatic mutual aid from Ferndale and Madison Heights.

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Published December 19, 2016

Firefighters fought two car fires within a 26-hour period on the second tier of a parking deck at Somerset Collection North Dec. 17 and 18, two of the busiest shopping days of the year.

Troy Fire Chief Dave Roberts said the blazes, which occurred just after 2 p.m. Dec. 17 and just after 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18, caused major delays in traffic going into and out of the mall.

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Published December 14, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — The number of full-time firefighters in Macomb Township is about to triple.

During a Dec. 7 Macomb Township Board of Trustees meeting, Fire Chief Robert Phillips got the go-ahead to extend employment offers for 11 full-time firefighting positions.

It is the first wave of full-time hires after a committee recommended in June to recruit more personnel to the department.

At that time, the department had seven full-time staff, including a deputy 2nd chief, and 48 paid on-call and auxiliary positions.

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Published December 14, 2016

Firefighters responded to two incidents within seven hours Dec. 13.

Firefighters were called to a building fire on Elliott Street, near John R and 14 Mile roads, just after 8:45 a.m. Dec. 13 to find a fire in a filter unit in the back of a large, 1 ½-story industrial building.

According to reports, firefighters checked the inside of the building, determined that the fire had not spread, contained the fire to the filter unit and extinguished it.

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