Michigan News

Friday, May 24, 2024

No injuries reported after fire breaks out at Spring Lake junk yard

VIDEOS: Crews responded to a fire around 10 a.m. Thursday morning at Joe's Auto Parts in Spring Lake Township. The fire appeared to be located in a junk yard behind the auto parts store on Cleveland Street. Viewer video showed flames and dark smoke coming from several vehicles in the junk yard. Drone video from Jeremy Johnston, vice president of Falcon Tool and Die, which is near Joe's Auto Parts, showed crews working to extinguish the flames. Cleveland Street was shut down by fire crews between 148th Avenue and 144th Avenue for almost two hours so water lines could be run to fight the fire. The road has since reopened. No injuries were reported. The cause is still under investigation.
WZZM-TV ABC 13 Grand Rapids

Woman drops 2 children to safety from burning Southwest Detroit apartment

VIDEO: Two children are safe after a woman dropped them out of a burning Southwest Detroit apartment to someone below early Friday. The apartment on Michigan Avenue and 51st caught fire around 1 a.m., trapping at least three women and two children. One of the women was able to get the children out by dropping them from a window. "There was people hanging out the windows. There was a mother who actually dropped her two children out the window," Detroit Fire Chief Christian Spitzig said. Everyone was able to make it out alive, though firefighters did have to pull a woman from the building. People who were in the building were taken to a hospital for injuries, including smoke inhalation and possible broken bones. One woman is currently in critical condition from smoke inhalation. A firefighter also suffered minor burns to their face while battling the flames.
WBJK-TV FOX 2 Detroit

Thursday, May 23, 2024

West Michigan firefighters return from helping in Texas floods

VIDEO/PHOTOS: It’s been a busy two weeks for Michigan Task Force 1. Some of its members attended the Midwest Fire Rescue Expo Wednesday at DeVos Place, just a few days after returning from a deployment in Texas. “I’m kind of like a proud father,” said Jack Johnson, deputy chief of operations with the Grand Rapids Fire Department. Six members of GRFD are members of MI-TF1, a team of approximately 168 of Michigan’s most highly trained emergency service personnel, who are called to assist with state and federal disasters or emergencies. “They take the best of the best and then they hone their skills on a higher level and then those guys bring those skills back and then train up the rest of the team that we have here,” Johnson said. “The combined expertise of those three members is definitely felt throughout the department. They’re all leaders.”
WOOD-TV NBC 8 Grand Rapids

Delta Township Fire Chief explains resources available to first responders handling traumatic events

The community of Wacousta grieves for two men who died and 14 others injured, and the emergency crews that responded to the incident Saturday night are processing what they saw. Investigators say a drunk driver slammed into the group of people as they walked on the side of the road. First responders’ exposure to extreme incidents makes them 50% more likely to have depression and PTSD compared to everyone else, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Sadly, their rate of suicide is higher, too. First responders nationwide and here in Mid-Michigan are working to decrease those numbers. “It’s very stressful on any first responder to have to pick through the injured and decide, ‘Who can I save now?’” said Delta Township Fire Chief Gregg Ginnebaugh.
WILX-TV NBC 10 Onondaga

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