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 Royal Oak firefighters responded to a fire at a house in the 2800 block of Normandy Road, east of Coolidge Highway, after a call at approximately 1:27 a.m. Feb. 16.

Royal Oak firefighters responded to a fire at a house in the 2800 block of Normandy Road, east of Coolidge Highway, after a call at approximately 1:27 a.m. Feb. 16.

Photo provided by Dennis Walus


Royal Oak firefighters extinguish house fire, apartment blaze

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published February 18, 2020

 Royal Oak firefighters extinguished a blaze that started in a back utility room of a house in the 2800 block of Normandy Road, east of Coolidge Highway, Feb. 16.

Royal Oak firefighters extinguished a blaze that started in a back utility room of a house in the 2800 block of Normandy Road, east of Coolidge Highway, Feb. 16.

Photo provided by Dennis Walus

 Smoke and flames caused extensive damage to a house in the 2800 block of Normandy Road, east of Coolidge Highway, during the early morning hours of Feb. 16.

Smoke and flames caused extensive damage to a house in the 2800 block of Normandy Road, east of Coolidge Highway, during the early morning hours of Feb. 16.

Photo provided by Dennis Walus

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ROYAL OAK — Heedless of the cold, snowy and wet February weather, a pair of recent structure fires kept Royal Oak firefighters busy.

Firefighters extinguished a house fire in the early morning hours of Feb. 16, and an apartment fire the night of Feb. 10

At approximately 1:27 a.m. Feb. 16, Royal Oak Assistant Fire Chief Jim Cook said, a neighbor reported smelling smoke and seeing flames coming out of the windows and the back side of a residence in the 2800 block of Normandy Road, east of Coolidge Highway.

Cook said the resident of the home was able to evacuate before fire crews arrived and that, while she did own a dog, the dog was not at the residence at the time of the fire. Cook said the renter was the single occupant of the home and was getting ready to move out soon.

While the cause of the fire is under investigation, Cook said it started in a small utility room near the rear of the home and spread to multiple rooms, causing extensive damage. Fire crews extinguished the blaze in approximately 20-30 minutes, he said, but fire personnel remained on the scene for approximately two and a half hours to ensure the home was boarded up.

At approximately 10:15 p.m. Feb. 10, Cook said, firefighters responded to a stove fire at an apartment complex in the 2500 block of South Rochester Road, north of 12 Mile Road.

He said he understood that the fire ignited while an occupant of the apartment was fixing dinner and trying a new way of cooking chicken.

“The fire involved the whole kitchen. We were able to put it out and contained it to the kitchen,” Cook said. “The other units were fine. It didn’t spread to any other units. A couple lived there, I believe.”

The blaze was extinguished quickly, and fire crews cleared the scene after approximately two hours, he said.

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