Michigan News

Friday, May 26, 2017

Girl, 3 Firefighters Among Injured In Jackson House Fire

Authorities say a 9-year-old girl and three firefighters who rescued her were among those injured during an early-morning house fire in southern Michigan. The Jackson Citizen Patriot reports crews responded about 1 a.m. Friday to reports that two adults and four children were trapped in a Jackson home. Fire department Captain Todd Weaver says the adults, who also were injured, and three of the children were outside the house when firefighters arrived. Weaver says firefighters rushed into the home and rescued the girl, who was trapped on the second floor.
WWJ-TV CBS Detroit

Firefighter injured after teenage driver crashes into fire truck on Detroit’s east side

A firefighter was injured Thursday when a 17-year-old driver crashed into a fire truck at Mt. Elliot Street and Gratiot Avenue on Detroit's east side. Firefighters were responding to a fire just around the corner when the teenage driver crashed an Impala into the side of the fire truck. One firefighter was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital with minor injuries, officials said. The 17-year-old driver said he slammed on his brakes when the fire truck went through the intersection, but he went careening into the side of the fire truck. He was not injured in the crash.
WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit

Atlas Twp. to reinstate Deputy Fire Chief position

After several years without a deputy, Atlas Fire Chief Fred Forys is looking forward to a break and township officials are in pursuit of getting him a little help around the station. The department has been without a deputy for several years and there are now multiple reasons the position is now being filled. One of those is the Michigan Legislature is currently considering changes to paid, on-call firefighter training. Supervisor Tere Onica stated in addition, the township has a responsibility to ensure the safety of not only residents via fire service but employees of the fire department through proper training, as targeted by the act.
Grand Blanc View

Fruitland Twp: Elementary students switch school buses to get home after fiery bus-car crash

Some Whitehall elementary school students got home safely Thursday afternoon despite their school bus being involved in a crash. Children were seen evacuating the school bus at around 4:20 p.m. The children were transferred from the damaged school bus to two other Whitehall school buses to complete their ride home. Whitehall Public Schools Superintendent Jerry McDowell said the bus was coming from the elementary school when the crash occurred.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Flint gets $267,000 federal grant to replace old equipment and gear

A federal grant will help the Flint Fire Department replace old equipment and protective gear. A $267,069 federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant was announced Wednesday, May 24, in a statement from U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Township. "These resources will help the Flint Fire Department remain prepared to respond to emergencies and ensure that our firefighters have the necessary protective gear to keep them safe," Kildee said. "The men and women of the Flint Fire Department deserve our praise for their hard work and dedication and I look forward to continuing to work with them to promote public safety."

Fire damages Sundance Chevrolet in Grand Ledge

It has been a long, hard night for the owners of Sundance Chevrolet who learned around midnight that their iconic log cabin, and several of their vehicles, were destroyed by fire. Sundance is located on East Saginaw Highway, just outside of the Grand Ledge city limits and their used-car lot was full of fire fighters beginning at around 11:30 last night. As of this morning 6 News has learned a cleaning crew called in the fire and the building was completely burning when firefighters arrived.
WLNS-TV CBS 6 Lansing

Suspicious blaze at vacant apartment complex taxes Flint firefighters

A suspicious fire at a vacant apartment complex closed Ballenger Highway and forced the Flint Fire Department to call for mutual aid on Wednesday. Multiple 911 calls came in about 6:15 a.m. on May 24 after passersby reported seeing flames coming from a building in the vacant Ballenger Court Apartments in the 800 block of Ballenger Highway near Court Street. When Flint firefighters responded, they found fire in the first and second floor of one of the buildings, according to District Commander Steve Cobb. "The Flint fire crews did a great job in stopping the fire and keeping it to this building," he said.

Home, multiple vehicles destroyed in Branch County house fire

A Branch County family is without a home after a fire destroys their house, garage and multiple vehicles. Flames broke out at the home in the 800 block of Braucker Road in Union City just after 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. The homeowners tell us they woke up to several loud pops and they smelled smoke. They went to their garage to find huge flames coming into the house. Everyone did make it out okay and no one was injured. Firefighters say when they arrived on scene they found the garage fully engulfed, and the flames taking over the one-story home and several vehicles.
WWMT-TV Kalamazoo 3

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