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Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Two people escape house fire with pets in Hemlock


VIDEO: Two people and several pets escaped a house fire in the Hemlock area early Tuesday morning. Fire crews were called to the home in the 16000 block of Doyle Road at around 3:10 a.m. The occupants escaped the residence before fire crews arrived and found smoke. Firefighters were able to put the fire, which appears to have started in the attic area. No injuries were reported to the residents or firefighters. Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the fire, but it possibly started from an electrical issue.
WJRT-TV ABC 12 Flint

Lightning strike causes house fire in Jamestown Township


PHOTOS: For the second time in two days, a lightning strike has caused a fire in West Michigan. The latest occurred just after 1 o'clock Tuesday morning in Jamestown Township. Township firefighters say in a Facebook post that they knocked down the house fire within a half-hour of their arrival on scene. The location was Riley Street near 8th Avenue. Firefighters believe it was started by a lightning strike. A tanker shuttle was set up to supply water to the engine and ladder truck that was used to fight the fire. Crews from the Byron and Zeeland township fire departments assisted Jamestown firefighters. The scene cleared around 5:30 a.m. Monday, the Padnos plant on Letellier Street near Front Avenue caught on fire. Grand Rapids Fire investigators later said it was caused by a lightning strike around 3 a.m. Monday.
WOOD-AM 1300 Grand Rapids

Northwood University to offer bachelor’s, master’s for police, fire, military


Northwood University will offer academic programs for law enforcement and public safety who are police, firefighters and former military to receive undergraduate and graduate degrees. Henry Reyna, who leads military and public safety recruiting and partnership at the university, said these programs will be offered fully online and can be completed in one academic year. A bachelor’s degree of science in leadership and service will cost $10,500. A master’s degree of science in organizational leadership will cost $12,000. This price for bachelor's is for qualifying first responders and master's degree price is for those who have completed their bachelor’s degree through Northwood. “The expectations for the first responder undergraduate and graduate programs are to raise the level of education for first responders, so they’re more valuable employees that’s working for the city, the township or the county,” Reyna said.
WCMU-FM 89.5 Mount Pleasant


Tuesday, July 16, 2024

16 kayakers rescued after boats tip on Kalamazoo River in Calhoun County


Sixteen kayakers found themselves in the Kalamazoo River Sunday evening, prompting a water rescue near Battle Creek. Around 6:15 p.m., dispatch got a call from a kayaker who reported several people in their group had tipped their kayaks in the Kalamazoo River. Police and firefighters responded to the area off of River Road and Fort Custer Drive in Bedford Township. Two drones were launched by police to help find the group. After about 90 minutes, all 16 people were found and rescued along a half-mile of the river. No one was injured, according to police. Some people were able to make it to shore on their own, but some had to be rescued from an “island” in the river, according to law enforcement. About 40 miles away in Three Rivers, another water rescue happened Sunday afternoon on the Rocky River.
WOOD-TV NBC 8 Grand Rapids

Owosso Township home erupts in flames after lightning strikes during storms


VIDEO: A lightning strike is blamed for a house fire in the Owosso area Tuesday morning. The fire broke out just after 2:30 a.m. Three people and their pets were in the home, and they were all able to leave safely. The assistant Owosso fire chief says no one was hurt, but people and pets have been displaced. As of Tuesday morning, the flames have been put out, and crews are investigating the house’s safety.
WILX-TV NBC 10 Onondaga

Two injured, including firefighter, in Farmington Hills house fire


Two people, including a firefighter, were injured after a house fire in Farmington Hills early Tuesday morning. Just after 3:30 a.m., all five stations in the city responded to a dryer fire in a home in the 21000 block of Marshview Drive. Upon arrival, firefighters saw heavy smoke coming from the first and second floors and quickly put the fire out. One firefighter was transported to the hospital after responding to this fire, but he is expected to make a full recovery. One of the people in the home was treated by first responders and then was driven to the hospital by a family member. A official with the fire department told us that the 3-4 people in the home all got out safely because of working smoke alarms in the home. "The most important thing again is working fire alarms," said Fire Marshal Jason Baloga.
WXYZ-TV ABC 7 Detroit







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