Michigan News

Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Deputies, firefighters rescue unresponsive toddler who fell in family’s pool in Macomb Township

Deputies and firefighters rescued an unresponsive toddler who fell in the family’s swimming pool in Macomb Township. The rescue incident occurred Saturday (June 3) when the child’s mother reported she found the toddler unresponsive. Officials say the child’s father performed CPR. Moments later, Macomb County Deputies Jonathon Potocki and Mitchell Blount arrived at the home and continued with the emergency lifesaving measures. A decision was made to take the toddler to a Macomb Township hospital in Blount’s car. Macomb Township Fire personnel rode in the patrol vehicle while continuing emergency lifesaving measures. Upon arrival, officials said the toddler was breathing and had a pulse. The toddler was then airlifted to a hospital with Level-II pediatric trauma designation and was reported to be in stable condition.
WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit

Follow Up: 2,400-acre Grayling wildfire nearly contained as help arrives

The 2,400-acre wildfire near Grayling didn't spread much on Sunday and was nearly contained by Monday morning. The Michigan Department of Natural resources reported the Wilderness Trail Fire was roughly the same size as Saturday evening and fire crews reached 90% containment by Sunday evening. Michigan DNR fire crews are receiving help from 10 firefighters with five wildland fire trucks and three tractor plow dozers from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, who arrived on Sunday. The wildfire was reported around 1 p.m. Saturday in Crawford County southwest of Grayling. The Michigan DNR says it started as a backyard campfire behind a residence and spread out of control. The fire threatened 35 residences, 12 vehicles, 23 campers, three boats and 58 outbuildings as it burned through pine and oak forests near Grayling.
WJRT-TV ABC 12 Flint

Monday, June 5, 2023

DNR: 85% of 3,000-acre wildfire trail caused by campfire in Northern Michigan is contained

Michigan officials announced on Sunday that 85% of a wildfire trail in Northern Michigan is now contained. Several fire crews were battling a 3,000-acre wildfire trail across Crawford County and Iosco County on Saturday as high temperatures and dry conditions created a high fire risk across the state. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reported that the source of the fire was a campfire on private property. The fire started around 1 p.m. on Saturday and was burning in a southwest direction from its origin. The fire affected a variety of tree species, including jack pine, mixed pines, and oak. The fire was located approximately 4 miles southeast of Grayling in Grayling Township, near Staley Lake Road. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer activated the State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) to assist in the fire response on Saturday.
WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit

Mausoleum damaged by fire at Grand Rapids cemetery

Authorities are investigating a mysterious fire that damaged a Grand Rapids cemetery's mausoleum facility on Friday. A fire broke out inside of the mausoleum at Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery around 4 p.m., according to Everstory Partners, the owners of the cemetery. Authorities are working with senior leadership at the cemetery to determine the cause of the fire, which at this time is unknown. The extent of the damage is also not known and the cemetery says they will notify the families who were affected by the fire as soon as they are able to determine which crypts were damaged. Authorities have closed the location and isn't allowing anyone in as of 9 p.m. on Friday.
WZZM-TV ABC 13 Grand Rapids

First Responders get special EV training in Oakland County

On Friday, first responders from across Metro Detroit got some special training that will pay dividends in the future. Responding to electric vehicle emergencies poses different challenges than their gas-powered relatives. In nearly 30 years, you see impressive things when you get to a domestic three-proving ground. Some things could make you cry, like taking a perfect $60,000 Cadillac and cutting it into pieces. But they’re doing it for a very good reason. The event was General Motors proving grounds in Milford, and firefighters from more than a dozen fire departments across Michigan and Northern Ohio came to get in-person, hands-on training on how to deal with an electric vehicle fire. Brighton Fire Department Captain Andrew Piskorowski told Local 4 he’d fought electric vehicle fires and knows it’s an entirely different operation.
WDIV-TV NBC 4 Detroit

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