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Fires break out amid Wednesday storm in Grosse Pointe Woods, DTE working to restore power

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published June 12, 2020

 This photo depicts one of the Grosse Pointe Woods fires that occurred on Hunt Club Drive June 10.

This photo depicts one of the Grosse Pointe Woods fires that occurred on Hunt Club Drive June 10.

Photo provided by Seth Winterholler


WOODS — On the morning of June 12, a DTE Energy press release indicated that there were Grosse Pointe Woods residents still experiencing power outages due to the windstorm that hit the evening of June 10.

“Our crews continue to encounter extensive damage that is causing restoration delays in your area,” the press release states. “The majority of customers will be restored by Friday night. We will continue to work around the clock to restore all customers by (the) end of day on Saturday.”

Updates on the restoration estimates can be found on the DTE Energy website at or on the DTE mobile app. 

Because of Wednesday night’s storms, five structure fires were reported in Grosse Pointe Woods. A structure fire is a fire involving the structural components of various residential buildings, ranging from single-family detached homes to town houses, or various commercial buildings, ranging from offices to shopping malls. 

According to an email from Grosse Pointe Woods Director of Public Safety John Kosanke, the department responded to two house fires and three garage fires. A family playscape also went up in flames. The first call to the Public Safety Department came at 6:50 p.m. 

Although block numbers were not provided, the fires occurred on Severn Road, Hunt Club Drive and Van Antwerp Street. The blazes remain under investigation, including the cause of each one and how long it took for public safety officers to put out the flames. 

The Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods operate under a public safety mutual aid agreement, and units from other cities assisted in extinguishing the fires. According to Kosanke, no injuries to residents or public safety officers were reported. 

A GoFundMe page has been set up for one of the families whose house caught fire.