A ruptured gas line caused a massive fire that left an 18-foot-deep crater in an area of Orion Township near the Great Lakes Crossing Outlets mall on Monday night, authorities say.
A fire was reported shortly after 9:52 p.m., when Consumers Energy noticed a drop in pressure on its gas system, the energy company said in a news release.
The fire was north of Brown Road near Joslyn Road, near the border with Auburn Hills. Orion Township Fire Chief John Pender said the fire was on vacant land, the Associated Press reports.
Consumers Energy said that the cause of the fire remains unknown and under investigation. What officials do know is that a 22-inch diameter steel transmission line ruptured, and that the fire burned itself out after the flow of gas was cut off on either end of a seven-mile section of the transmission line.
Detroit Free Press
A firetruck raced to a burning home without water. Now that home is a total loss.
Neighbors are worried the same thing could happen to them.
"A firetruck with no water," said David Limmer, neighbor. "They weren't gonna put that out with shovels."
Limmer was stunned a Forest Township firetruck arrived at his neighbor's burning home off of Dodge Road, spewing water into the street.
"It looked like a wave coming out of the firetruck from the top of the hill all the way down. If it wasn't tragic, it would've been comedic," Limmer said.
Now Limmer wants answers.
"I'm more terrified than I am mad. We gotta fix this so it doesn't cost somebody their life," Limmer said.
Forest Township Fire Chief David Lutze said the truck is 15 years old and the department has never had a problem before.
WNEM-TV CBS 5 Saginaw
Firefighters in Wexford County now have new equipment that could help save their lives.
On Monday, the Cadillac Fire Department unveiled its new commercial washer and specialized dryer. The equipment will clean firefighters' gear better as part of the department’s Cancer Prevention Initiative.
Recent studies show firefighters have a greater risk of developing certain cancer than the general population. Cadillac Fire Marshal Anthony Wolff hopes the new equipment will help lower that risk by better removing carcinogens left by smoke and flames.
WGTU-TV Up North Live
A Mid-Michigan firefighter isn’t letting a little facial hair stop her from participating in a good cause.
Stephanie Ittner of the Frankenmuth Fire Department is getting creative. Since many of her male coworkers are participating in No-Shave November, Ittner decided to draw on her own mustache to participate as well.
The month-long journey grows cancer awareness and raises money for non-profit organizations that help support cancer prevention, research, and education.
Every day Ittner goes out in public with a drawn on mustache. She even draws them on in different ways every day.
WNEM-TV CBS 5 Saginaw