On Sunday May 25th 2015, Detroit 1st Battalion companies responded to a report of a unknown fire in the area of the I-75 & I-375 interchange. Engine 1 arrived on the scene and reported an overturned tanker truck fully-involved. Engine 1 assumed incident command and requested extra companies for water supply. A Hazmat Level II was declared.
The Marathon Refinery Fire Department was requested for their foam rig. Water supply was established. Crews attempted fire attack with Engine 1’s monitor until foam units arrived. Companies operated on the scene for several hours to bring this incident under control. Engines 1/9/27, Ladder 6, Squad 3, Hazmat 1, and Chief 1 responded with additional assistance from the Marathon Refinery. The cause of the incident is under investigation and there were no injuries.
On Tuesday July 22 2014, The Royal Oak Fire Department (MI) sent a single station response to a reported wire down at Mandalay & 14 Mile. While enroute, dispatch advised they were receiving reports of a house fire at 4715 Mandalay and a full box alarm response was started. Engine 9-20 arrived on the scene and found a one-story dwelling with fire showing from the rear.
Command reported wires down and arcing at the scene. Crews attempted entry and discovered the dwelling was electrically charged. There were charged high-tension lines down on the house.Two firemen got blown off the porch trying too go in.
Command then ordered all companies away from the dwelling and defensive operations until the utilities could be secured. Due to the heavy fire conditions and an inability to secure the electricity to the dwelling, defensive operations continued and exposure lines were put in place. The power company took two hours to get on scene.
After the power was secured companies were able to extinguish what remained of the fire. The dwelling was a total loss; crews operated for three hours on this scene to bring the fire under control. Royal Oak Stations 1, 2 & 3 responded with station coverage mutual aid from the Ferndale & Birmingham Fire Departments.
On Monday July 7th 2014, Detroit 1st Battalion companies were dispatched to a reported vacant dwelling fire at Ellery and Gratiot. Engine 41 arrived on the scene and reported two vacant dwellings totally involved. Engine 41 stretched on the the vacant two-story dwellings and setup for defensive operations. Chief 1 arrived on the scene and assumed command and requested an extra engine for manpower. This fire was fought in defensive mode for an hour before it was brought under control. Engines 41/9/17, Ladder 6, Squad 3, and Chief 1 responded to this incident.
On Sunday July 13th 2014, Detroit 5th Battalion companies were dispatched to a reported vacant commercial building fire at Oakland & Hague. While enroute Ladder 7 reported smoke showing. Upon arrival a well-involved vacant two-story, 100 X 50 commericlal building was found. Engine 17 arrived on the scene and stretched on the building. Chief 5 arrived on the scene and reported a doubtful and requested two extra engines and a truck.
Defensive operations were used on this fire. Master streams were deployed from Ladder 7 and Ladder 20 along with several handlines. This fire was brought under control in about 2 hours. Engine 17/39/1/44, Ladders 7/20, Squad 3, and Chief 5 responded to this incident.
On Wednesday July 9th 2014, at aprox 0113 hours, Detroit 7th Battalion companies were dispatched to a reported commercial building fire at W Vernor & Hubbard. While enroute Squad 4 reported heavy smoke showing. Upon the arrival of Ladder 8 a working fire was found in two commercial buildings. Engine 27 arrived on the scene and stretched on the fire.
Central office dispatched an extra engine for manpower. Chief 7 arrived on the scene and established command and conducted a size up. Chief 7 then requested a 2nd alarm. Defensive operations were initiated. Ladder 8 and Ladder 7 were set up for elevated master stream operations. This fire was brought under control in after two hours and a total building collapse. Engines 27/33/34/39/1, Ladders 8/7, Squads 4/3, Chiefs 7/5, and Car 203 responded too this incident.
On Tuesday May 27th, 2014 at approx. 12:45, the Southfield Fire Department was dispatched to a reported building fire at 20000 8 Mile near Evergreen. The 1st arriving engine reported smoke showing from a large recycling plant. All 5 Southfield stations were then requested.
Crews stretched lines and preformed an interior attack on the building. Command then requested a 2nd Alarm to the scene for manpower. With companies operating inside the building and conditions not improving, Command pulled all crews out of the building and setup defensive operations. Southfield and Royal Oak aerials were on the A side of the building, while other crews operated master streams on the D side of the building. There were heavy smoke conditions in the rear.
Companies operated in defensive mode for aprox. 5 hours to bring this fire under control. Southfield, Royal Oak, Ferndale, Birmingham, Bloomfield Twp, West Bloomfield, & Farmington Hills Fire Departments responded to this incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation.