Michigan News

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Fire destroys Sigma Nu fraternity house in Flushing

More than a dozen Kettering University students have been moved to dorm rooms Tuesday night after a fire destroyed the decades-old Sigma Nu fraternity house in Flushing. Approximately 50 firefighters from a total of five Genesee County fire departments responded to a structure fire shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21 at the house in the 1500 block of Flushing Road near Elms Road. Flushing Fire Department Chief Jim Michael said 13 students reside in the house on the property that's been registered as a Michigan historic site.

Highland Park Fire Dept calls on community to help family devastated by fire

The Highland Park firefighters who responded to a fire on Connecticut Street Monday morning can’t get that call off their minds. It came in around 5 in the morning when neighbors woke up to see flames shooting out of the roof of a home. They rushed to help 12-year-old Marvin and his 13-year-old sister Honesty. They both were sleeping inside their house while their mom worked. A neighbor helped Honesty get out, but even though neighbors and then firefighters went inside looking for Marvin, they could not find him. “I just hate we couldn’t save him. That is my hurt,” said Leola Moore.

Detroit Fire and EMS captain suspended over racists posts gets job back

A Detroit Fire EMS captain who was suspended after posting racist comments on Facebook will soon have his job back. WXYZ.com reported that Capt. Tim Goodman was suspended in May after posting more than 100 allegedly racist posts, including inappropriate comments about immigrants, the religion of Islam and women. Fire Commissioner Eric Jones said the department "moved for termination, which was then subject to the labor arbitration process under the collective bargaining agreement," according to the report. Jones said the arbitrator "decided to reinstate [Capt. Goodman] against the recommendation of the department."

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Gas explosion leaves 18-foot crater in Orion Twp.

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

Neighbors concerned after Forest Township firetruck shows up to house fire without water

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

Cadillac Fire Department takes big step in cancer prevention initiative

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

Frankenmuth female firefighter participates in ’No-Shave November’ campaign

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

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