A recently-retired deputy fire chief in Grand Rapids will now oversee fire safety initiatives and regulations statewide as Michigan's fire marshal.
Kevin Sehlmeyer, a Rockford resident, was appointed as state fire marshal, Gov. Rick Snyder announced on Friday, April 21.
"Kevin brings years of experience to this role and I am confident his knowledge in this field will give him an advantage as he works to better protect Michiganders," Snyder wrote in a press release.
A 30-year veteran of the Grand Rapids Fire Department, Sehlmeyer serves as a firefighter, captain, battalion chief, chief of training and deputy fire chief before retiring in January 2016. He was honored for "professional, dedication and passion for teaching" by then-Deputy Chief Gary Szotko when when named the department's "firefighter of the year" in 2007.
Firefighters battled a two-alarm grocery store fire Saturday night along the Detroit-Hamtramck border.
The fire broke out at family-owned Khan's Grocery Store in the 12600 block of Gallagher Street, south of Davison Street and and a few blocks east of Joseph Campau Avenue. The store closed around 8 p.m. and Local 4 News is told the fire started sometime after that.
No injuries have been reported, but the building has already suffered a lot of damage and could be a total loss.
Crews are not sure what started the fire.
WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit
Emergency crews in northern Kent County responded to a house fire this morning on 17 Mile Road, west of Cedar Springs.
Officials say the fire started just before 10 a.m., Monday, April 24.
Video sent to us by viewer Pam Bradfield shows flames and smoke engulfing much of the home.
Witnesses say there were two people inside the home when the fire started. They were able to get out safely.
Firefighters remain on the scene trying to determine how it started.
WZZM-TV Grand Rapids 13
People who reside in Mullett Township will now be able to purchase a lock box from either of its fire departments which will hold a house key and be mounted on the outside of their doors.
The goal of this program is to assist the firefighters and paramedics in gaining rapid entry into a home in the event of an emergency, saving time and property by by reducing the need for forced entry. “It is a great benefit to have a nondestructive entry method for EMS assist calls or alarms without obvious signs of fire,” said Topinabee Fire Chief Mike English, who also works for Cheboygan Life Support Systems Ambulance. “It’s definitely a potential cost and time savings.”
Cheboygan Daily Tribune
The smoke from a large, five-acre fire reportedly was seen from as far away as downtown Muskegon.
Firefighters began working to put out the fire just before 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, in the area of Benjamin and West River roads. It began as a relatively smaller fire as someone burned brush before the wind caught it, helping to expand it to to several acres, according to an official at the scene.
It was put out around 3:35 p.m.
Multiple crews -- including those from Dalton Township, Muskegon Township, North Muskegon, White Lake and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources -- responded.
A Michigan DNR plane also was called in to help but later was not needed.
No homes nor other property was damaged, the official said.
WZZM-TV Grand Rapids 13