Fire News

Published December 14, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — City Council voted to buy a new ambulance for the Fire Department Nov. 21, helping to fill a gap made by a vehicle that has spent a lot of time in the repair shop. 

Fire Chief George Morehouse said the department looked at rebuilding an ambulance on a new chassis or a full replacement, but found that only heavy-duty chassis that are larger than what the city needs would fit the current ambulance box.

“There’s still a limited amount of chassis available even for the remount,” he said. 

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Published December 13, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Although the homeowner escaped unhurt, two of her pet dogs died and a third dog was injured in a 7 p.m. Dec. 10 house fire in the 3000 block of Salem Drive, near Dutton and Adams roads.

“The fire started in the foyer,” Rochester Hills Fire Chief Sean Canto said. “When the woman opened the door to go outside, one dog ran out, but the other two didn’t follow.”

The fire spread to the living room and hallways in the one-story home, Canto said, and at one point, it spread to an outside area near the front door.

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Published December 13, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — A group of kids got to spend an evening with the people who protect them during a special holiday event arranged by the Madison Heights Goodfellows Dec. 1.

The Goodfellows, whose motto is “No child without a Christmas,” held its Shop with a Hero event at the Meijer store on 13 Mile Road, between John R and Dequindre roads. About 15 children were chosen based on economic need. Each received a $100 gift card provided by Meijer. Meijer has supported the annual event since 2005.

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Published December 9, 2016

WARREN — With the calendar closing in on the holiday season, the Alleman family lost their home and many of their belongings in a house fire Dec. 1 on Arsenal, near 12 Mile and Van Dyke. 

Warren Fire Commissioner Wilburt “Skip” McAdams said firefighters were dispatched to the single-story ranch home at 2:56 p.m. after a passerby observed a fire in the garage. A 3-year-old girl was reportedly in the home with her grandmother at the time, while her parents were working and her 7-year-old brother was at school. 

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Published December 8, 2016

A Troy family returned to their second-floor Charter Square apartment, near Big Beaver and Livernois, at 8 p.m. Dec. 7 after going out to dinner to find their apartment on fire.

Fire officials said a man had been cooking on his electric stove top when the power went out. He told firefighters he turned the stove off and took his family out to dinner. While they were gone, the power was restored.

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Published December 6, 2016

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MACOMB COUNTY — Public safety officials announced that Smart911 is now available to residents for free to provide key information to 911 dispatchers and first responders during an emergency, according to a press release from South East Regional Emergency Services Authority Executive Director Cherie Bartram Nov. 29.

According to the Smart911 website, people can create profiles with key information about members of their household that would help in the event of an emergency, whether the call is from the home or any mobile phone.

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Published December 2, 2016

CENTER LINE — Don’t call Rob Thornton a hero.

That word, he said, is reserved for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day.

But just after 4 p.m. Nov. 23, it surely was Thornton in exactly the right place at exactly the right time, stepping into extreme danger between the downed high-voltage wires in the rain, climbing onto that burning pickup truck and pulling a 79-year-old woman to safety.

He said he would have pulled the man out, too, if he had maybe just 10 more seconds.

Sadly, he did not.

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Published November 30, 2016

Fire officials are investigating what caused a home to erupt into flames Wednesday morning on a quiet residential street.

No one was injured at the scene and no one lived in the house at 705 Whitcomb Ave.

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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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