Paranormal activity explored at former firehouse

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published August 19, 2015


ROYAL OAK — Historical facts and stories tell the tales of the past, but a different look into the city’s history will be explored this weekend during a paranormal tour of the former Northwood Fire Station.

“We were contacted by the firehouse some time ago to investigate,” said Brian Danhausen, event co-organizer and founder and lead investigator of Into The AfterLife Paranormal. “We went in — as with every case — expecting nothing, but each time walking out with evidence and personal experiences.”

Danhausen will be sharing his past experiences from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 21 at the firehouse, located at 1411 W. Webster Road. Danhausen and his wife, Darlene, will be lecturing and signing books they have written about paranormal activity. The event is free and open to the public.

“We will be talking about theories and techniques on the paranormal and on investigating,” Danhausen said. “Also, (we will) try to answer any questions (attendees) may have.”

Following the lecture, those who registered in advance will take a closer look inside the firehouse from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

“Those going on the investigation will get a tour of the hot spots of the firehouse,” Danhausen said. “You will then be free to investigate on your own.”

Danhausen said an investigator will be available if people wish to be guided during their session. 

“The response has been great for the tours,” he said. “A lot of people have had experiences as well.”

Danhausen said he has been having paranormal experiences for most of his life. After many years of investigating and experiencing paranormal activity, he decided to create Into The AfterLife Paranormal.

He has conducted similar programs at the Orson Starr House and said he has personally experienced and documented paranormal activity in Royal Oak, including several instances at the Northwood Fire Station — usually in the basement.

The firehouse opened in 1928 and is now the home of the Royal Oak Historical Museum. The first tour at the firehouse was sold out.

Danhausen said that on prior visits, he and his team have heard a loud screeching sound and what sounded like a rock being thrown, followed by a voice. He said they also communicated with someone via a spirit box and have heard what sounded like cries.

Mike and Stephanie Hartman from S&M Paranormal also will be at the event. The Hartmans are paranormal researchers and enthusiasts who make visits to many sites in the area and throughout the United States.

Space is limited for the tour and tickets cost $25

For more information or to register, send an email to