Michigan News

Friday, February 23, 2018

3rd body found in fire debris in Ironwood in Upper Peninsula

Authorities say a third body has been recovered in the wreckage of a fire in downtown Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula. Public Safety Director Greg Klecker tells WLUC-TV that he’s not aware of any more missing people. At least three people were injured in the fire, which badly damaged or destroyed two buildings early Wednesday. No names have been released. One of the buildings had apartments on two floors. Klecker says the fire is considered suspicious until investigators can learn more about the cause. Ironwood is in the western Upper Peninsula in Gogebic County, 18 miles south of Lake Superior.

Firefighters rappel in thin air training for rescues at Dow event center in Saginaw

A joint team of firefighters from Midland and Saginaw dangled from the rafters at the Dow Event Center Thursday, sharpening their rappelling skills as part of a weeklong technical rescue training. The 10-man team trained with two instructors from the Michigan Urban Search And Rescue Training Foundation, simulating a rescue of a dangling worker and switching lines to bypass knots in the rope. Firefighters rappel over Dow Event Center hockey rink for rescue training "A lot of what we're doing is about building confidence," said Joaquin Martinez, an instructor with the foundation, "For some of these fellas, it's their first rope class. It's important to be secure and confident in your equipment." In addition to braving heights and rigging harnesses, firefighters practiced basic rope maneuvers, most of which required them to lift their full body weight multiple times.

Tractors, barn destroyed by fire in Dowagiac

Three tractors and a barn were destroyed by flames after the barn on Fosdick Street, east of O'Keefe Street, caught fire Friday morning. According to the Wayne Township Assistant Fire Chief, crews were called out to the scene around 4 a.m. to find the structure fully engulfed in flames. He said it only took about 15 minutes for the barn to collapse. There were no animals inside the barn. However, three tractors were destroyed. The owner said a new roof was just installed, too. Fire officials say they may not be able to determine the cause of the fire due to the age of the building.

First Responders rescue Royalton Township homeowners during mandatory evacuation

“I’m guessing 20... 25 people in homes right now. Some of them still don’t want to leave.” James Jonatzke, the Fire Chief with Royalton Twp. Fire Dept. The U.S. Coast Guard and first responders continue to battle rising river levels in a Royalton Township neighborhood. A mandatory evacuation went into effect Thursday for hundreds of homeowners along the river after flooding reached as high as fences in some areas, but it wasn’t like this Wednesday afternoon. “So we spent all yesterday afternoon going house to house and I think we had about 50% of the people leave and 50% of the people stayed. And that was in water, we were standing in water yesterday,” said Jonatzke. Some of those homeowners who stayed back, woke up around 8:00 a.m. Thursday morning to those high level floods. The Royalton Township Fire Department responded to a call after higher levels of flooding had homeowners living near the St. Joseph River trapped inside their homes.

Probe continues into fire that destroyed $500K home on Bear Lake in Laketon Township

Fire officials continue to explore the cause of a fire that destroyed a half-million-dollar home on Bear Lake earlier this week. Flames were shooting out the roof of the home on Westwind Court when firefighters arrived on the scene, said Muskegon Township Fire Chief Dave Glotzbach. A neighbor had called in the fire around 10 p.m. Feb. 20, he said. The family that lives in the home in the 1500 block was not home at the time. Laketon Township has the value of the home, which was a total loss, listed as $508,000, Glotzbach said. About 25 firefighters battled the blaze that began on the second story, Glotzbach said.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

1 dead in massive Ironwood fire

A downtown Ironwood fire that destroyed two buildings Wednesday is also responsible for a loss of life. Ironwood Public Safety Director Gregory Klecker confirmed a single fatality as the result of the early morning fire that destroyed 102 E. Aurora St. - the home of Chelsi's Corner boutique and apartments above it - and an adjoining building to the east. "All that we have right now is one confirmed fatality. That's all we know at this point," Klecker said at a press conference mid-morning Wednesday on the corner of Aurora and Lowell streets as firefighters continued to pour water on the fire's remaining hotspots near by. He declined to comment whether the victim was a resident of the building.
Ironwood Daily Globe

Flint Fire Department evacuates 90-year-old from house encircled by water

Firefighters evacuated an elderly woman from her home on Thread Lake after it became surrounded by floodwaters and filled her crawl space. The 90-year-old lives on Maybury Avenue with Thread Lake in her backyard. Heavy rains and melting snow on frozen ground this week caused lake levels to rise dramatically. Around 2 p.m., water seeped into the woman's crawlspace and knocked out her furnace. So Flint police called for firefighters to help rescue her from knee-deep water. The fire department sent a truck up to her house and firefighters carried her into it before driving her to higher ground. She was taken to an area hospital for a precautionary evaluation.

Sandusky Fire Department gets ’new’ 100-foot platform ladder truck

The Sandusky Community Fire Department has signed contract papers and purchased a 100-foot aerial platform ladder truck. The apparatus, with a chassis from 2009 and ladder attachment from 2013, was repossessed from a fire department in Pennsylvania. Documents were signed Tuesday February 20th at a Sandusky Community Fire Association meeting. Chief Todd Hillman said the department learned of the truck through a finance company while paying off a previous loan and were able to work out a deal to pay the required $535,000 for the apparatus. The Pennsylvania fire department that originally bought the truck is still on the hook for the other half of the truck, making payments until 2035.
WMIC & WBGV & WTGV Sanilac Broadcasting

Flushing Road flooded out in Flint Township; Firefighters rescue man from burning vehicle

A pre-dawn drive was a wet and dangerous one for many across Genesee County. "I'm heading to work this morning. I'm trying to figure out what's going on down there. Flooded, man, I have to do a reverse and detour," said Flint resident Jamika Anthony. Flushing Road near Mill Street along the Flint River in Flint Township was hit particularly hard. "These floods are no joke. If you don't pay attention, it'll do damage to your vehicle," said Anthony. Flint resident Deomontae Winton found himself close to being stuck, with water splashing above his hood. "It's a panic mode because I actually didn't see it. With the brights on, I did not see that water," said Winton. Winton was one of the lucky ones. His Chevrolet Trailblazer managed to make it through.

Warren hotel evacuated after smoke filled 2nd, 3rd floors

More than 100 guests had to evacuate from the Extended Stay Hotel in Warren on Thursday morning after smoke filled the second and third floors. One of the guests said he woke up to firefighters yelling in the hallway to get out of the building. Firefighters said an electrical fire started in a vent on the third floor and smoke spread throughout the building. Guests staying at the hotel have been offered rooms at another Extended Stay in Sterling Heights.
WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit

Fire damages vacant home in Superior Township

A fire caused significant damage to a vacant house near Ann Arbor on Wednesday, Feb. 21. Authorities responded about 10:08 a.m. Wednesday to a home near the corner of Geddes and Gale Roads in Superior Township for a report of a structure fire, Superior Township Fire Chief Vic Chevrette said. Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the house and made entry through the front door. Firefighters had the blaze contained and out after a short period, Chevrette said. The house, which was vacant, is owned by 66-year-old David Hopkinson. Hopkinson lived at the home for 25 years and has been trying to sell it for the last two years. He was at his current house in East Lansing when he got the phone call and drove out.

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