It’s an 80-degree day in Ottawa County. The sun is beating down on the pavement outside Grand Valley State University’s fieldhouse. It’s the perfect day for a water fight.
With the blowing of a whistle, firefighters from the Allendale Fire Department turn on their water cannons. Campers from Mary Free Bed’s Junior Wheelchair Sports Camp roll themselves quickly toward dozens of buckets they’ll fill with water and dump all over each other. This celebration marks the end of the camp each year. It’s a day the campers, volunteers, instructors, and firefighters all look forward to. Brad Dion knows first hand.
“This camp is the first thing that goes into my calendar every year. I actually build my whole summer around this calendar to make sure I’m here, local, and available to be here at this camp,” said Dion, who describes every day of the camp as being like Christmas morning.
WZZM-TV ABC 13 Grand Rapids
The Rochester Hills Fire Department said it was involved in saving three people at two different water rescues over the span of 48 hours.
According to the fire department, the first call came into Sunday afternoon near Yates Cider Mill on Avon Road when a 50-year-old man jumped in near the low head dam. The fire department said the man was pulled into the current which is known as a hydraulicr jump.
Two other people then jumped in to try to save him but they were also pulled into the turbulence. They did, however, manage to pull him from the water but he was not breathing or responsive as the two started CPR until firefighters and paramedics arrived. He was taken to the hospital but his condition is not known.
According to the fire department, the dam helps divert water from the Clinton River to Yates Cider Mill for its operation.
WBJK-TV FOX 2 Detroit
No one was injured in an apartment fire in downtown Flint’s Buckham Alley Thursday, according to firefighters.
Flint firefighters responded to a report of a commercial fire that was upgraded to a possible entrapment in the building directly adjacent to The Torch Bar and Grill in Buckham Ally around 3:50 p.m. Thursday, July 29, Fire Battalion Chief Mark Kovach said.
It was discovered that the fire started in an apartment in the top floor of the building, Kovach said. Residents in the building, including a lower floor resident in a wheelchair, were evacuated. The Torch and Comma Bookstore were also evacuated.
The fire was quickly contained, Kovach said. Fire damage was isolated to the top-floor kitchen area of the apartment, which was under renovation, and the roof directly above it, he said. Water damage will likely extend to other lower floors of the building.