Michigan News

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fire burns downtown Alma businesses one year after big blaze

A stretch of Alma downtown was closed Tuesday morning after a fire broke out in a building there overnight, the Mount Pleasant Morning Sun reports. The fire was reported shortly before 4 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, at 117 Superior St., the Morning Sun reports. The building houses a barber shop and other businesses. As of 6:20 a.m., Superior from State Street to Wright Avenue remained closed as firefighters continued to put out the blaze, according to the Morning Sun. Almost one year ago and two blocks down from the current fire, another blaze burned down two buildings and damaged another in the city's historic district.

Dumpster fire burns at Capitol Theatre construction site in downtown Flint

Flames shot up Monday afternoon from the contents of a dumpster in downtown Flint. A Flint fire engine responded around 5:30 p.m. April 24 to Harrison Street, between Second and Third streets, for a fire and discovered the flames coming from the dumpster on the site of construction at the Capitol Theatre. Firefighters quickly put out the flames and doused the embers with the help of a ladder truck that poured down water from above onto the pallets, broken pieces of wood and cardboard inside the dumpster. Alvin Grant called 911 after stepping from the bus station across the street and spotting the flames.

Fate of Grass Lake Fire Department up to voters

We’re just one week away from voters across mid-Michigan going to the polls in the May election. Voters are set to make important decisions on a variety of millage proposals. In Jackson County, a community’s fire department is at risk if a millage isn’t passed. Grass Lake’s fire millage keeps the trucks rolling, hoses pumping water, and the firefighters paid. “We work off that millage. We don’t have any other funds that come into the fire department,” said Grass Lake Charter Township Fire Chief Greg Jones. That’s why next Tuesday is so important. Voters in both Grass Lake Charter Township and the Village of Grass Lake will vote on the fire protection millage.
WLAJ-TV ABC 53 Lansing

Kalamazoo house consumed by early morning fire

No one was injured when an abandoned house was consumed by fire early Tuesday morning. At 4:52 a.m. April 25, Kalamazoo Public Safety officers responded to a report of a house fire in the 1500 block of Fairbanks Court, according to a news release from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. Upon arrival, Public Safety officers found a fully involved house fire in an abandoned residence. There there were no reported injuries, authorities said. Public Safety officers had the majority of the fire under control within 45 minutes of arriving on scene. The cause and origin of the fire is under investigation.

Washington Township continues Fire Department system upgrade

In an effort to continue faster and more efficient patient care service for Washington Township, Fire Chief Brian Tyrell received approval for a new system for his fire department. At the April 19 Board of Trustees meeting, the board unanimously approved a new software system aimed at continuing the transfer of dispatch services to the Macomb County Communication and Technology Center (COMTEC) in Mount Clemens. Decreased liability exposure, reduced response times and putting more firefighter/paramedics in the field rather than fielding dispatch calls were among the reasons the Washington Fire Department opted to switch to COMTEC in February.
Advisor & Source Newspapers

Monday, April 24, 2017

Former Grand Rapids firefighter named state fire marshal

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 battle grocery store fire along Detroit-Hamtramck border

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

Morning fire engulfs Kent City home

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

Mullett Township: Lock boxes will help save lives, property

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

Firefighters fight 5-acre fire in Muskegon area

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

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