One group stayed cool on Wednesday by staying in the water.
The East Lansing Fire Department held its annual water rescue class at Lake Lansing.
Firefighters learned about water rescue procedures, boat operation and how to rescue a person from the water.
"Slow is pro," Captain Cam Howie told News 10. "We don't want to come to an incident very fast and make it bigger."
He added that they get water-related calls once or twice a summer.
And the best advice that he can give everyone that will be on the lakes and rivers this weekend is to wear a life jacket and tell someone where you are going before you head out.
WILX-TV Lansing NBC 10
Detectives in Calhoun County are investigating a house fire that left one man dead Wednesday morning.
“About 7 this morning I come out, take the wife to work (and) I just seen black smoke pouring out of his house,” neighbor Billy Mexico recalled. “Fire department pulling up.”
Pennfield Township Fire Chief Tim Smith said firefighters arrived to the house on Montford Street, near Capitol Avenue, just before 7 a.m. When they entered the single-family home they encountered heavy smoke and found a body on the main floor.
“It was a fatal fire,” Smith said. “That’s all under investigation at this point by the state police and the Calhoun County Sheriff.”
He said the victim has been identified as a 58-year-old man from Pennfield Township. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
WXMI-TV FOX 17 Grand Rapids
An abandoned house on county park property will have to go – and the question is not only how, but how much will it cost? The old farmhouse sits on the Maple Bay Park property in Grand Traverse County’s Acme Township. County Commissioner and Parks Commissioner Rob Hentschel says they’ve been working towards a middle ground. “It was a compromise. I wasn’t completely happy with how we went about it. I’d like to know who is paying for what.”
The farmhouse has been there for generations, but the parkland is supposed to be green space. The county acquired the parkland, and essentially inherited the farmhouse, which sits on 450 acres of the Maple Bay Natural Area. Grand Traverse County Parks Commissioners decided in 2018 to find a way to get rid of the old farmhouse. They ultimately opted to let fire crews use it for training.
WWTV-TV 9&10 News
Firefighters are warning people to not leave plastic water bottles in cars during extreme heat.
They say leaving a plastic bottle of water in a hot car in direct sunlight can start a fire in just minutes.
In order for that to open, firefighters say the bottle would have to be full.
Then, the water and plastic could create a magnifying effect, which could essentially set the inside of the vehicle or a piece of plastic on fire.
Firefighters suggest putting bottled water in the trunk instead if it has to be kept in the vehicle.
WSYM-TV FOX 47 Lansing