Firefighters work at the scene of a house fire on Coolidge Highway Aug. 30.

Firefighters work at the scene of a house fire on Coolidge Highway Aug. 30.

Photo provided by Dennis Walus


Resident hospitalized due to Royal Oak house fire

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published September 3, 2019

 A fire, which likely originated in the kitchen and whose cause is not yet known, extensively damaged a home located on Coolidge Highway Aug. 30. A resident was hospitalized for injuries caused by smoke inhalation.

A fire, which likely originated in the kitchen and whose cause is not yet known, extensively damaged a home located on Coolidge Highway Aug. 30. A resident was hospitalized for injuries caused by smoke inhalation.

Photo provided by the Royal Oak Fire Department

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ROYAL OAK — At approximately 12:47 p.m. Aug. 30, Royal Oak firefighters responded to a report of a house fire at an 864-square-foot home located on Coolidge Highway, north of West 13 Mile Road.

Upon arrival, crews discovered heavy smoke and fire in the kitchen and living room. While some firefighters immediately began extinguishing the blaze, others searched the home and located a resident in a rear bedroom, according to Deputy Fire Chief Jim Cook.

He said she had been overcome by the heavy smoke, and an ambulance transported her to Beaumont Hospital, where she was stabilized and then airlifted by helicopter to Detroit Receiving Hospital for treatment of burns to her airway and airway injuries from smoke inhalation. The Fire Department did not have an update on her condition.

“We got her to Beaumont super quick, within less than 15 minutes from the time we got the call,” Cook said. “The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it was nothing suspicious.”

He said the fire likely originated in the kitchen and that firefighters extinguished the blaze quickly — the last of the units left the scene after less than an hour. 

“It was kind of a little fire, but the damage was fairly extensive,” Cook said. “It damaged half the home, the majority in the kitchen area and back of the house.”

He said the Fire Department knew the woman’s residence due to a number of medical runs. While her son lived at the home, Cook said he was not at home during the time of the fire, and the pair does not own pets.

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