St. Clair Shores Fire Department fights multiple fires during cold spell

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published February 8, 2019

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — Wicked cold weather has had the St. Clair Shores Fire Department busy fighting fires tied to faulty electrical wiring, combustibles stored too close to a hot water heater, and a malfunctioning dryer.

Fire Marshal M. Bodnar said that the department was called to the 32000 block of Robeson Street at 1:40 p.m. Jan. 14 for a house fire that appeared to be electrical in nature.

Bodnar said that the home had an older electrical system that was in need of updating that was overloaded. There was minor structural damage but no injuries.

At 5 p.m. Feb. 4, firefighters put out a fire at Arby’s restaurant, 22820 Harper Ave., after there were combustibles stored in too close proximity to the industrial water heater with large pilot lights.

The following day, at 5 p.m., a dryer caught fire at the laundromat at 29630 Harper Ave., causing minor smoke damage but no injuries.

And in the 22000 block of Recreation Street, a parked truck caught fire and damaged the garage that it was parked near.

Bodnar said the owner of the vehicle said there was a possible recall for the vehicle, and the owner had been working on the vehicle, which had not been moved for several days prior to the fire.

The extreme cold that hit the area at the end of January led to broken sprinkler systems at several businesses, Bodnar said. Lakeshore Senior Living, ShorePointe Assisted Living and the Taylor dormitories all experienced burst sprinklers due to the extreme cold Jan. 31, and Brownies on the Lake had a similar problem Feb. 1.

As winter weather continues, Bodnar said that it’s important to check on elderly relatives and neighbors to make sure they’re OK.

“If you haven’t heard from somebody in a while, check on them,” she said.

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