Michigan News

Monday, September 23, 2019

Firefighters battle fire at building in Detroit’s Heidelberg Project

Officials are battling a fire at a building that is part of the Heidelberg Project in Detroit. According to fire officials, the building is at the corner o Heidelberg and Mt. Elliott streets. it started around 6:45 a.m. and when they arrived, it was fully engulfed. A spokesman for the fire department tells us that the building will have to be demolished. No injuries have been reported, and crews are now just putting out hot spots on the fire. Police say a 49-year-old woman has been identified as a person of interest in the fire. She was taken into custody on an unrelated warrent. Police are investigating whether she's connected to the incident.

Four Sterling Heights firefighters receive Valor Awards from The Hundred Club of Detroit

Four firefighters from the city of Sterling Heights Fire Department received Valor Awards by the Hundred Club of Detroit at a special annual ceremony at Detroit Athletic Club in recognition of their service to our community. The Hundred Club of Detroit was founded in 1950 and has since recognized the brave first responders who continue to serve our community through public affirmation and gratitude each year with Valor Awards. “It has been a very busy year for the Sterling Heights Fire Department, and the men and women on our department never stop impressing me with their actions,” said Fire Chief Chris Martin. ”However, on two incidents, four of our staff performed in a manner that I feel rises to the level of having those actions nominated for the Hundred Club of Detroit Valor Awards.”
Macomb Daily

Fire does ’significant damage’ to business in Cadillac industrial park

Firefighters battled a blaze at Cadillac Renewable Energy for several hours during the early-morning hours on Sunday. According to a Cadillac Fire Department press release, shortly after 2 a.m. they received what was being reported as a structure fire at Cadillac Renewable Energy on Miltner Street in the industrial park. Upon arrival, firefighters noted heavy fire conditions in a large biomass power generation facility. All employees had safely exited the building prior to fire department arrival. At the time, there were three employees on shift. Firefighters used defensive tactics and elevated water streams to knock down the fire. Once the fire had been reduced in size and severity, conditions allowed firefighters to enter the facility and continue the extinguishment process.
Cadillac News

Wyoming firefighters battle flames at apartment complex

Wyoming firefighters are responding to a fire at Timber Ridge Apartments. Flames were coming from one of the units when firefighters reached the scene. The fire eventually broke through the roof. Firefighters used an aerial truck to reach flames coming from the roof. The fire was reported around 3:45 p.m. at Timber Ridge Apartments, just off 44th Street SW. Black smoke was visible from some distance away.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Three Oakland County fire departments split $1.2 million in federal aid for firefighters and equipment

Three Oakland County fire departments will receive over $1.2 million worth of federal grants to upgrade outdated equipment and recruit new firefighters. These grants include $471,838 for the Northville, $443,106 for Auburn Hills, and $113,334 for Hazel Park. Funding comes from both the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) program and the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grants program. AFG grants help first responders purchase equipment and obtain training. SAFER grants are designed to strengthen a department's ability to respond to fire and fire-related hazards.
Oakland Press

Grand Rapids arson suspect arrested

Police have arrested a man accused of trying to set fire to a home in Grand Rapids. Rafael Torres-Mondoza, 23, was arrested Thursday after investigators released surveillance footage showing a man trying to burn a home on Swensberg Avenue in Grand Rapids. Investigators say Torres-Mondoza told them he has bad memories from when he lived at the home and doesn’t have any affiliation with the current residents. Police said the home had experienced two arson attempts since the beginning of September.
WXMI-TV FOX 17 Grand Rapids

Rogers City seeks new fire house

The Rogers City Area Fire Department Authority is moving forward with plans to build a new fire station in Roger’s City’s industrial park. Moltke Township Supervisor Neil Sorgenfrei said construction of a new fire hall was last estimated to cost around $2 million. The project would be funded through a mix of funds from the Fire Authority’s property tax and a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sorgenfrei said they are still investigating whether they are eligible for a loan and expect to know more in a month. The fire authority is currently seeking proposals for an architect, which would provide officials not only with design plans but also help them determine the total cost of the project.
The Alpena News

Farmington Hills: Michigan sets Guinness World Record for largest lint ball; Watch it burn to ashes

That's a lot of lint! Michigan is now the proud record holder of the world's largest ball of dryer lint. The Guinness World Record was set on Thursday, September 19, 2019 at Dryer Vent Wizard in Farmington Hills. The lint officially weighed in at a whopping 690 pounds. There was no previous record, but it needed to be a minimum of 99 pounds to qualify for Guinness.

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