Fire News

Published May 5, 2016

Cigarettes and an oxygen tank may have caused the death of a 72-year-old man who was found dead inside his burning home April 30.

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Published May 4, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — At around 9:15 p.m. on April 24, the Clinton Township Fire Department was called to deal with fires at a Waste Management facility located near 14 Mile Road and Lipke Street.

Deputy Fire Chief Randy Kandt said he and others arrived to find four or five trucks in flames. Firefighters came in through the gated entrance and threw water on the flames to quickly relieve the situation. 

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Published May 2, 2016

Flames were showing through the roof when firefighters were called to a vacant home on Tutbury Lane, near Adams and Square Lake Roads, at 2:15 p.m. April 29.

Unsure if the home was occupied, firefighters searched the home and determined nobody was inside the ranch-style house, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Riesterer.

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Published April 19, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — A 78-year-old man died of a medical emergency recently during a small fire in his apartment.

According to Rochester Hills Fire Chief Sean Canto, fire officials were dispatched at 6:40 p.m. April 11 to an apartment in the 2500 block of Walton Boulevard.

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Published April 18, 2016

ROSEVILLE — A man died after suffering severe burns following a garage explosion April 4 in the 15000 block of Rudland, near Hayes and Common roads.

Roseville Fire Chief Mike Holland said that they received calls from neighbors around 10:36 a.m. that there was an explosion and smoke coming from the man’s garage, and that they heard someone yelling inside the garage.

“Fortunately, our officer in charge was actually very close to the scene, as was a couple of our (Department of Public Services) workers,” Holland said.

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Published April 14, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — When a 3-year-old girl found her mother’s cigarette lighter and played with it, she reportedly lit the couch on fire, inhaling smoke. Her mother then burned her own hand trying to pat down the fire.

The incident occurred around 11:45 a.m. April 5 at the Concord Towers Apartments, located in the 32600 block of Concord, off 14 Mile near Oakland Mall.

According to Madison Heights Fire Marshal Shawn Knight, the unit is on the eighth floor and smoke could be seen from outside the building.

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Published April 12, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On April 5, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved the design-build team that Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski and Township Engineer Fazal Khan recommended to complete the first two phases in the development of Fire Station No. 5.

Swinkowski said he and Khan interviewed the four top teams after sending out a request for qualification, and Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick Inc. and Wing Construction Inc. came out on top.

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Published March 29, 2016

Sterling Heights residents who want the Fire Department to have an easier time reaching them now have a key solution.

This month, the Sterling Heights Fire Department started publicizing a voluntary residential lock box initiative for residents that can help the Fire Department enter homes in emergency situations.

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Published March 23, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Although residents have approved a similar millage every few years since 2003, the proposal facing St. Clair Shores this August will have a few notable changes: namely, a higher millage rate and a lack of a guarantee of staffing levels in the ballot language.

The proposed language being put before voters Aug. 2 will call for up to 5 mills to be levied on residents for the next three years, beginning in 2017, to pay for police and fire operations in the city, an increase from the previous 2 mills levied.

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Published March 9, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Crew members from four West Bloomfield Fire Department stations were dispatched to a house fire in the 2000 block of Saddlewood Road, near Hiller and Willow roads, at around 8 p.m. Feb. 28. 

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Published March 9, 2016

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Harrison Township firefighters are breathing a sigh of relief after learning their latest two-year millage increase request has passed voter approval.

During the March 8 presidential primary, the millage, which means a 1.083 mill increase for taxpayers, passed with 59 percent of the supporting vote, according to unofficial results.

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Published March 2, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — A recent apartment fire in Clinton Township took plenty of manpower to be extinguished.

The incident occurred around 8:40 p.m. on Feb. 20 at the Clairridge Estates, located on Harper Avenue near Metropolitan Parkway.

Deputy Fire Chief Geof Fecteau said flames were blowing out of a third-story window. Fire officials deemed it a “working fire” when the first engine arrived.

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Published March 1, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — Local firefighters recently fought residential fires in an apartment and a house.

According to Rochester Hills Fire Chief Sean Canto, a local woman suffered minor injuries while jumping from her second-floor apartment during a 12:50 p.m. Feb. 26 fire in the 400 block of Kensington Drive, near Hamlin and Rochester roads.

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Published February 17, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS — The Farmington Hills Fire Department recently welcomed back former firefighter Jon Unruh, this time as fire chief.

During a Feb. 8 swearing-in ceremony at Fire Station 5, a little pomp and circumstance went a long way to make Unruh, 48, feel welcome as the city’s sixth fire chief.

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Published February 16, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — While the number of fire runs and medical runs didn’t change much between 2014 and 2015, one thing that did change for the Madison Heights Fire Department was the youthfulness of its staff.

There were five new hires in 2014 and 2015. Another two have been hired this year. And the plan is to hire two more in the next few weeks.

Each of these nine hires are replacing firefighters who have retired. And there are plans for another four hires by the end of 2016.

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Published February 5, 2016

It was a busy week for fire crews in Shelby Township.

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski praised members of the Shelby Township Fire Department for quick thinking and actions to extinguish fires at two houses and an apartment on Feb. 2, 3 and 5.

During the afternoon Feb. 2, Swinkowski said, fire crews responded to a house fire at a residence on Province Court, near 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

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Published February 1, 2016

Firefighters spent more than four hours fighting a house fire along Lake St. Clair Jan. 30 that necessitated help from four neighboring agencies, as well.

“I saw a haze off the back,” said Maynard Buszek, who lives three doors down from the house that went up in flames that morning. “I could hear crackling and I saw flames on the back deck (and) smoke coming out the roof.”

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Published January 27, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Jan. 19, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved a three-year extension of Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski’s contract, effective Feb. 1.

Swinkowski’s contact includes a $2,000 salary increase to $107,610, effective Feb. 1, and another $2,000 salary increase to $109,610 for the remainder of the term, effective Feb. 1, 2017.

Swinkowski formally has led the Fire Department since Jan. 19, 2013, but he also served as “acting” fire chief after former Fire Chief Gene Shepherd passed away in May 2012.

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Published January 19, 2016

EASTPOINTE — A 68-year-old woman died following a house fire in Eastpointe the morning of Jan. 19.

According to Deputy Fire Chief Larry Folkerts, fire crews got a call around 7:20 a.m. about a house fire in the 23000 block of Lexington Avenue, at its intersection with Semrau Avenue. The intersection is west of Kelly Road and north of Nine Mile Road. When firefighters arrived, Folkerts said, the house was completely on fire.

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Published January 14, 2016

Crew members from all six West Bloomfield fire stations were dispatched to a house fire in the 6200 block of Rue du Lac, near Pontiac Trail and Halsted Road, at 2:14 a.m. Jan. 14.

Residents from across Upper Straits Lake reported the fire, and fire crews from Station 3 could see flames while responding, according to a press release. Upon arrival, fire crews reportedly found the house almost completely enveloped in fire.

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